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  1. Aiki Lee

    Bokken, bokuto, or both?

    So are there any assumptions made about people who use one term over the other? For example, if I were to go to a dojo in Japan and use the term "bokken" instead of "bokuto" would they make assumptions of what I had trained in?
  2. Aiki Lee

    Bokken, bokuto, or both?

    What koryu have you trained in, so that I may know where you are coming from?
  3. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    It's been a while, so I thought I would update anyone who cares about this thread I started. Financial concerns (nothing serious, just the everyday expenses incurred by lower middle class Americans) prevent me (and my wife!) from justifying any expensive purchases. So I ended up getting...
  4. Aiki Lee

    Bokken, bokuto, or both?

    Hey, I have always been under the impression that bokken and bokuto are interchangeable terms, and that both are correct. Recently I have heard that bokuto is actually the preferred terminology in Japan. So I have some questions specifically to those who train in sword arts or in Japan. 1...
  5. Aiki Lee

    Looking To Get Started

    Personally I recommend the judo or the BJJ classes based off what you say you are looking for. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Aiki Lee

    Dojo arguments

    Whoever was teaching the class at that time should not have been corrected by anyone in public. If he did something incorrect, then he would need to be corrected in private. That 2nd Dan sounds incredibly irresponsible and egotistical. Tell the chief instructor or school owner immediately. If...
  7. Aiki Lee

    Don't teach Judo if you don't know Judo

    Agreed Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Aiki Lee

    Don't teach Judo if you don't know Judo

    Not if his opponents are all of similar skill. I'm not trying to come off as an arrogant, arm chair sensei. Anyone can point out flaws in a technique on video. No one is perfect. It's just that he is missing key aspects of the techniques he is teaching. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Aiki Lee

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    I was referring to his description of ninjutsu. It is completely inaccurate. I'm not going to go into great detail about what ninjutsu actually is as there have been countless threads on that already. The original post was about whether or not the OP was "man enough" to continue training in the...
  10. Aiki Lee

    Am I Man Enough for Ninjutsu?

    Your intention may have been in the right place, but your information was way off base. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Aiki Lee

    Don't teach Judo if you don't know Judo

    That was very amateur. He has no tsukiri, no kuzushi, and he leaves himself open for basic counters multiple times. You should break the balance of your opponent in osoto gake/gari, not break your own balance. There is too much space during his seoi nage as well. His technique is relying on...
  12. Aiki Lee

    Book help needed

    Doesn't Don Roley have a translation of bansenshukai ? I thought he translated it along with shoniki? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Aiki Lee

    Counter's Don't Work

    Personally I find this view of training to be extremely limited. Training should be principle oriented and not technique oriented. One should look for what is the best technical concept not specific technique for the situation. Muscle memory, as people have mentioned, will aid in responding...
  14. Aiki Lee

    Why do people fight with their hands down

    It could be a matter of simply not paying attention, or it could be that these fighter's are purposefully baiting attacks to the head in order to set up their opponent for a counter.
  15. Aiki Lee

    On Aikido: Its Origins and its efficacy

    That is exactly how you learn a skill, by setting up the scenario for the defender to succeed. I agree that if someone is always having 100% success then they may be experiencing some "dojo-itis" but learning a viable combat skill means that it would have a high chance of success for the...
  16. Aiki Lee

    On Aikido: Its Origins and its efficacy

    The claim that this video is showing self-defense is a mistake. The video clearly shows a controlled randori in which the aikidoka is attempting to utilize principles of the art. The training of these principles are useful in self-defense, but the attacks in the video are in no way meant to...
  17. Aiki Lee

    When should you fight?

    Personally, I would only lay hands on someone if I felt I or another person was at imminent risk of harm. There could be other times when I feel it could be argued, but they seem so rare and unlikely that I do not really consider them.
  18. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    I appreciate it.
  19. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    So is the consensus that I should stick with Bugei if I need to stay in the under $2,000 range?
  20. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    I should not have taken offense so easily. I did not take into account that I would obviously not be recognized as a frequent contributor to the forum especially after changing my name and avatar and being absent for a year.
  21. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    I don't understand why you wouldn't want your iaito and your shinken to be as identical as possible. To me it would make sense to have the iaito be heavier like the shinken you described so that when I progress to more cutting, I would have a better understanding on how to handle it properly. Do...
  22. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    Not unless I had reason to believe they would be irresponsible, and not if they had made posts about firearms training in the past. It is redundant and a little insulting.
  23. Aiki Lee

    For the Love of the Japanese Sword!

    Your articles seem very well written. I am quite impressed with the clarity of it.
  24. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    I'm going to assume you are not trying to be condescending. I have some experience with cutting practice and iaijutsu, though I do not claim expertise in this field. Both my instructor and I have been through multiple distributors and found many of them lacking in quality. Paul Chen and Bugei is...
  25. Aiki Lee

    An Intensity Challenged Person

    To be fair, I said "psychological reasons" not psychological issues or failings. The young lady's mindset may be exactly where she wants it to be, hence why I said she should explore stress testing if she agrees she needs to up her ferocity. If she is fine, then let her be. If she is...
  26. Aiki Lee

    Hello!

    Hello! I look forward to your contributions to the forum.
  27. Aiki Lee

    An Intensity Challenged Person

    I assume the OP is referring to the person as having a mild mannered temperament and does not display ferocity in her training. There could be psychological reasons behind this that she should explore if she agrees with this assessment. Visualization exercises can help along with some scenario...
  28. Aiki Lee

    Custom Sword Recommendations

    I do not plan to do cutting often and could probably afford to drop around $1000-$1500 American. I could always wait and save up more, but I am not sure who is a trust worthy smith I can order from. Perhaps I will order one of their "higher end" iaito and experiment with it, unless anyone here...
  29. Aiki Lee

    Embarrassing moments in the dojo

    I always keep a second pair available now :D
  30. Aiki Lee

    Improper touching.

    I am glad to hear it was resolved maturely. Many people do not realize how their actions are perceived and it is a good sign that this lady is now respecting your boundaries.
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