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    How hard is it to become proficient in weapons based martial arts compared to physical fighting ones?

    I scrolled down but cant find a post that actually tells us what you practice and who you are. My advice is as a professional in Japan for many years. Weapons art "all differ". At least in Japan they do. You will "never" reach a high level unless you separate them. Picking up this weapon that...
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    How hard is it to become proficient in weapons based martial arts compared to physical fighting ones?

    I am not against the system and should now grade people in the association I belong to. I had taken 27 Dan grades in Japan and gave up taking any more at the age of 42. I simply wanted to practice more classical. The wording translated on my Menkyo Kaiden tells me "You still have lot to learn"...
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    How hard is it to become proficient in weapons based martial arts compared to physical fighting ones?

    In Japan belts have zero to do with weapons when it comes to classical schools. Associations award belts.
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    How hard is it to become proficient in weapons based martial arts compared to physical fighting ones?

    Speaking as the head of one Japanese school, licence holder of another and a kodansha in other weapon arts and professional instructor in Japan: Each weapon has it's own specifics and methods of use and body movement. To learn one weapon is like starting another art. There are only certain...
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    Strengthening knee ligaments

    Take some advice from someone who has practiced/taught professionally for 54 years. Forty of those in Japan. Get some decent neoprene knee supporters. Not just the knees but strap up everything else that sometimes aches with elasticated bandage etc. This stuff is the protect you from getting...
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    Iaido Training: iaito vs. boken

    It depends on the school you practice as to what equipment they suggest. Ideally you can make up a tool for personal training. I used to use a 1 1/2" steel bar with a pipe bolted on as a tsuka. You need to reach the stage where the weapon is an extension of oneself. Not heavier or lighter.
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    How do your forms/katas progress?

    Most kata in Japan comes from a manual. Not much room for free interpretation or for that matter free expression. If someone is not too sure about something.....They get out the manual. It's what drove me away from association based budo towards koryu. It was also the constant comments of...
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    How do your forms/katas progress?

    Related to this: So many time have I seen people go on an extensive seminar, then return to a dojo to relate what they have been shown. At the next seminar they do something that seems to be different. They will say to the sensei, "Ah, its changed". They will then be told, "No, nothing has...
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    Can a private anonymous moderated forum be set up, just for students of one lineage?

    My school is 'Mongai Fushutsu' (Not to be shown outside) We dont even show fundamental waza at demonstrations. But we still have Facebook group. Any personal communication we can do through email or messenger. My Shihan would never even discuss things on the phone and prefered face to face. But...
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    How do your forms/katas progress?

    Yes I understand what you mean. With me mostly doing sword arts now its more clearly defined. Some founders were good enough to have even written about the philosophical values that we should adopt as well. so our accent has always been on preservation. Its essential to learn a fundamental...
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    Can a private anonymous moderated forum be set up, just for students of one lineage?

    My Ryu has facebook group. What do you mean by one lineage. You have a single line with a founder dating back to the 1600's or before?
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    How do your forms/katas progress?

    What you say is not strictly true about koryu or waza. One could say that no two situations would ever be the same from a distance, position, timing etc. For this reason we have henka. We can do a particular waza with a specific variation. But that waza must still contain the fundamentals of a...
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    How do your forms/katas progress?

    The kata does not change. It's your understanding, or lack of it that changes. As you advance it hopefully gets better. Levels in kata? Real kata is a breakdown of a waza. So I guess if you can make up kata, you can make up levels
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    Online martial arts courses

    Please take it from me. Just forget any ideas of some numpy who puts courses online. There is no substitute for a real teacher face to face. That's what MA is. A personal hands on experience. Once you are advanced you might be able to supplement your training by watching your teachers videos...
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    For those who don't think English is my first language

    Doing translation work I find that some sometimes its best to leave some words it the original language with a short (sometimes long) explanation of the roots of that word. Translating into English, one of the most bastardized languages has draw backs as you can manipulate a word to mean...
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