Originally Posted by BlackFox
I'm not sure I want to see Logan learn martial arts, I dont think it would suit this movie version of the character, doesnt sit well with me.
Training as a Samurai maybe, but martial arts, not for me.
When I used the term "martial arts" I'm meaning "Samurai".
In fact, here is a definition:
Bushidō expanded and formalized the earlier code of the samurai, and stressed frugality, loyalty, mastery of martial arts, and honor to the death.
Since one of the things a Samurai puts first is his Lord, it could have been Yashida's hope that once trained Wolverine would feel some loyalty to Yashida, or maybe it could have been Yashida's attempt to keep Wolverine around long enough so he could take advantage.
Like others have said, there were all of these images of Wolverine with a Samurai sword, yet nothing. Yes he always ultimately needs to pop the claws and go bestial, but the fight could have started as a sword fight. Also, the whole term of ronin could have been developed more...