Children and the Art of the Sword, Part 3

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Ages 7 to 9 Ages 7 to 9 are still best kept to the short sword.  These students have better muscle control than the 3 to 6 year olds, but can still be prone to forgetting to be careful about accidentally hitting someone. They still need to stay aware that someone might be standing beside or in back of them while they are swinging the sword. These children’s wrists, from a strength perspective, may still be a concern.  The ability of the individual student must be taken into account. The Chanbara bo staff may be introduced, especially for the students that have studied the bo outside of sword class. If

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