One of the criticisms towards kendo from the RBSD, modern military systems, HEMA, and many other martial artists who practise with real weapons (or at least realistic settings) such as Marc MacYoung is that kendo is "not real swordsmanship", that its pretty much woo wooo magical sports crap. One of the reasons I've been interested in Kendo when I was a teen was because of watching Samurai movies and anime/manga such as Rurouni Kenshin and being wowed by the swordsmanship. Since these films and anime show swordsmen practising with wooden swords before using real katanas or sparing with wooden swords if they already have mastery level. So I always wanted to become a master swordsman as a child and because wooden swords are frequently used as training tools, I thought kendo was required learning before Iaodo and other real blade systems. I would still practise Kendo and attempt to get a 3rd Dan just to overcome an unfinished goal, but I am curious how much does Kendo transition to real swords? Is it woo woo sports only stuff like Marc MacYoung and other weapons martial artists, rbsd instructors, military drill sergeants, and HEMA and criticizes it? Or does it teach real techniques like how Samurai Deeper Kyo and other movies, cartoons, and comics show? Or is it a first baby step before going into real kenjutsu? I still want to at least learn the fundamentals of Kenjutsu and other sword system and become a black belt but I intend to get 3rd Dan in Kendo first so I can get that over with. Since because of Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai Champloo, etc I associated wooden swords with real ones as a child so even though I now understand the differences I feel I have to get black belt equivalency in both to get the past over with. Is the transition quicker? Or should I go ahead and learn real swordsmanship first to learn how to use a real blade assuming the arts are way too different?As I said I'll go into dojos for both but I chose kendo first so far because I still have the assumption wooden swords are the first step to learning how to use a blade. Can anyone help?