|Katana showing guard (tsuba), handle (tsuka), charm |
(menuki) and the ‘handyman’s secret weapon (duct tape)
(photo by Kenrick Davis of Mesa).
Several swords were prominent during Feudal Japan and these are generally known as Japanese swords (日本刀) or nihontō. The kanji used to write Japanese sword(s) include ‘日’ the ideograph for sun, and ‘本’ the kanji for ‘origin’ or ‘root’ (this symbol is a pictorial graphic of a tree
- wakizashi or kodachi (short swords known as shōtō) = 1 to 2 shaku;
- katana or tachi (long swords known as daitō) = more than 2 shaku;
- ōdachi (long swords) = more than 3 shaku.
|Sensei Bill Borea (2nd dan) of Gilbert demonstrates iaido kata (sword form) at the|
Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa
|Sarah attacks Sensei Borea with bokken during kenjutsu training at the Arizona School|
of Traditional Karate
|Kyoshi Rob Watson, 8th dan, explains to members |
of the Utah Shorin Kai about kenjutsu and
kendo while wearing bōgu and men of kendo and showing
katana of kenjutsu. To the right, Renshi Todd Stoneking,
6th dan, hands shinai to Kyoshi Watson.