" It's nice to see a lot more sword competitions in tournaments. Twenty years ago I was shunned by most kobudo competitors. Some have never seen a bladed entry in their tournaments before, much less the double-swords. I have never owned an iai-to, I only use live blades - apparently, there were more than enough well informed officials there to have allowed me to compete (East Coast). After all, Kobudo means: the ways of the ancient warriors (and that doesn't exclude the swords). The return was no less than standing ovations, and the more surprise I was - the louder it gotten. Its comeback is certainly here - the fencing is here, but we're still far from the Way of the Sword. I wish you well in your journey on the path of bushido."