Hey y'all this is the "Guy with the Stick". Ive been trolling around to see what kind of responses I got from my national TV debut. It's nice to see that I didnt come off as totally weird. and people are pretty positive about the whole incident.
The reason I wouldnt let her touch the stick, isnt because I was obsessed with not letting her touch it but rather I'm supposed to have a stronger connection with my sword. Granted it's not a real sword, but I need to treat it as such. Back in the day, when samurai actually carried real swords, they considered their weapon to be an actual extension of their body. This was an object that their life may depend upon, so they reveared (sp?) their weapons. They would even take them to bed with them.
I'll never carry a real sword with me and I may never get into a sword duel with another samurai. But if I am to train with the boken properly, I need to treat my weapon as the old samurai's would.
I hope that helps. I'll be trolling around, milking my few minutes of fame. Catch y'all later.