3rd February 2003, 06:53 PM
All my senseis all use shinken, but do people outside Japan (who don't have families in which practicing iai or tameshigiri is traditional), use shinken? It seems really dangerous to me, but perhaps this is inexperience talking. Even using an iaitou, I've taken a few gouges out of the bottom knuckle of my thumb, when doing 4 hon me.
That said, is it generally safe to use shinken? None of my sensei have major injuries. One of them gave himself a little nick, but it barely bled. Do many practitioners of iai use them? I'd rather not, to be honest. I guess that makes me look like a wimp. Have there been any major accidents?
3rd February 2003, 08:20 PM