I am not familiar with the samurai arts, so I am hoping someone will enlighten me.
I have had some kendo trainings a few years back. My impression was that it's just a sport/ game, and so I move on to look for other arts.
4 years later I find myself back at iaido... and I keep getting corrected about my cuts - you don't push forward in iaido, you reach up and out with the tip and draw it back in to make a big circle.
My question is... if both kenjitsu (predicessor of kendo) and iaijutsu are tools for making of samurai, why are the fundamentals so different? My instructor says kendo never was a martial art, it's just a sport ment to be played on smooth hardwood floor, and so you don't have to be aware of the environment (feel the ground, make sure you don't ram your katana into objects around you when you swing it etc).
Is that "the truth"?
My god, I am definitely on a defiant mode lately, I have to question every thing my instructors say... >_<