Kendo with Shoto only
In my dōjō
, we had a discussion about fighting with shōtō
(like in the kata
8 - 10). I tried it out (it was not nitō
, only with the short sword) and for me it was a very amazing experience to see techniques (i.e. suriage men
), distance and footwork (i.e. very fast in and out) in another connexion.
What do you think about learning kendo (after the basics) related to the Nihon Kendo Kata
: I think it is a good idea. Practice kata
is also a method to understand what is going on in kata
too. It is harder than people think :)
I sometimes train with a shōtō
. I like it because it makes me think. Of course, it is not for a shiai
but if we really want to know how shōtō
works, we probably should try it in jigeiko
sometimes, especially, if you start learning kata
This is my personal opinion so if your sensei
don't agree with it, don't go against his/her teachings.
Hope this helps.