[QUOTE]Originally posted by walltiger:page 210 from "the history and philosophy of kendo"
kendoka (kendo students) would also work with a bokken (bambo sword) and the katana (practise sword)
I supsect you added the information in those quotes above concerning the translations of bokken and katana. Here's why I say that. http://www.bokkenshop.com/eng/151.html
That's a pretty standard bokken. Note it's not made out of bamboo.
The bamboo swords that the kendo students use is called a shinai. Here's an example http://www.e-bogu.com/Shinai_s/18.htm
Now kendo students do occasionally use bokuto, and when the practice iai they do use katana, so it's possible the book said something to that affect.
also a quote from the same page again
it is interesting to note that for the greater part of japanese history, kendo and/or kenjutsu were practised almost exclusivly by the BUSHI, known more commonly TODAY as the samurai.
You've made a mistake in your reading comprehension here. Just because Bushi are more commonly known today as Samurai does not mean that refering to Bushi as Samurai is incorrect. The statement that you quoted above is not proof of your assertion that Samurai is an incorrect term.
and from the chapter on iaido
<snip a bunch of stuff that didn't seem relevant to the topics at hand>
in training a samurai (bushi) would use a bokken(woooden sword) or a katana (practise sword) to minimise injury when not in battle.
during times of battle they would employ the use of a sharp shinken (to) of great craftsmanship, able to cut a man down in a single blow with an experienced hand.
Ok so now you're saying that a bokken is a wooden sword. Again I suspect you added the bit about the katana being a practice sword. Now this use of the term shinken seems wholy inappropriate. I'm not saying it isn't in the book, but seems like a strange use of the term. Frequently the term shinken is used by iaido practitioners to differentiate a live/sharp sword from a dull training sword. It isn't really appropriate taken in this context, but it could be argued that I'm just mincing words here.
I found more information about Fay Goodman at her dojo's website http://www.masamunedojo.com/
She apparently trained with Haruna-sensei. She seems quite legitimate as far as I can tell. Note that I'm not really taking issue with much of anything that you actually quoted out of the book. Just your interpretation of it.
[This message has been edited by Charles Mahan (edited 02-19-2005).]