I stopped practising judô and jiu-jitsu some years ago, at a blue belt level, because I wasn't enjoying this martial art as much as I used to. However, I still love the philosophy of it, and would like to get back to the dôjô to practice another japanese martial art.
I am particularly attracted by arts in which I will learn to use traditional weapons and more particularly the katana although I'd also enjoy learning to use the bô, jô and yari.
I did some research and found about the battodô, which seems great. However, most dôjô only teach battodô to people who are already advanced kendokas or iaidokas - which is not my case.
Iaidô seems really interesting particularly for its spiritual aspect but I am hesitant because of the fact every kata is done alone and there are no fights against an opponent.
Kendô does not attract me very much mainly because of the use of shinais instead of bokkens/katanas/iatos - yes, this is kind of stupid but shinais don't have this curved-shape I love about katanas.
Jôdô looks great, but although the katas are done bokken vs. jô, the knowledge seems to be centered only around the jô and the bokken is anecdotic... And well, I'd prefer to learn the bokken over the jô.
I also heard about chanbara, which looks fun but also uses some weapons I am not interested in. Also this is apparently a modern sport so it does not have that ancient and traditionnal aspect I love about japanese martial arts martial arts...
As for the yari, I read sôjutsu is not practised nowadays and you can only learn the yari through chanbara practise.
In short : So basically I'd like a japanese martial art where I will learn to use a katana/bokken/iaito (or bô, jô or yari but I'd prefer the katana) and where the katas are done with two oponents.
Can someone help me out with this choice ? Thanks in advance.