Katana/Bokken (wooden sword)
The bokken was primarily used to practice blocking and entering techniques.
The bokken is still used in place of the katana (sword) for training, competition, and demonstrations.
KATANA (Traditional Japanese sword)
Developed after the bokken, the katana was the favored weapon of the samurai warriors and the most widely used Japanese sword. Drawn in a “sky-to-ground” manner, it was worn in the belt on the left side, edge upward.
Employed on foot or horseback as a thrusting weapon the katana was used in battle, competition and in ritual deaths.
The katana is now primarily a popular weapon for kata competition and demonstrations