Although combat techniques as used on horseback are practised, the swords used nowadays are not carried slung at the side of the body. A slung sword makes it a lot easier to draw, but is impractical if walking about. Swords are mounted to be worn in the obi. In his densho Yamazaki buzen clearly states, "When travelling through a large crowd tie your sageo to your obi (下緒曲気腰当之事)
Also a Tanto known as a Maezashi in the Kageryu is worn across the front of the body (Shown on other pages).
Maezashi are used for throwing or for use in close quarter encounters, where another person would grapple with the swordsman to prevent him drawing his longer sword.