Thanks everyone else for the positive interest.
de braco - I'm not quite sure what your getting at, but sources and conflicting histories is why I don't write and actual book. Too much work. But so many times I hear people bagging on TMAs that don't understand that historically it was necessary to practice that way.
So many examples. Sai were not originally weapons - they were cotter pins for wagons. But if some horny Samuraii riding the road decided he was going to fuck you in the ass and then cut your head off, your option was to die or use those cotter pins to try and snap his blade and stab him.
I'm not confused at all. I am laughing, though. The Jeffery Dahmer of Samuraii ...