Friday 22 July 2016 at 13:37 Posted by Shadley Hax 0 Comments

When I was last up north, both Leon and I decided to get rid of some of the bottles that had been building up courtesy of my friend Simon. This is Leons first time with a sharp, not only that, he was using a full sized blade. I think he did really well.

Leon started with bokken when he was 6 years old and ended up using a cut down katana in unokubi zukuri for a while before he got his hands on something potentially dangerous. He was taught to handle even the wooden one as if it were sharp and this way, when he progressed to a live blade, he was in a perfect condition to start learning the cutting mechanics without injuring himself.

Even so, I still supervise him, I mean anyone can mess up no matter how much you train or how old you are. It's all about lessening that likelihood.