Where are you from?
I'm getting old.....I want to say somethings, but I really cant be bothered.
Okay, it sounds like you're at a buffet and are only sampling the closest items to you, without reaching deep into the back or even going around the table and finding hundreds of more tables to...
Alright, so I am heading into Fukuoka in a couple of days, I have iaido and jodo practices lined up every evening. Hopefully getting sore, bruised and challenged will do my practice a world of good!
My question is, what is there to do in this part of Japan in the daytime?
Disagree, practice in anything and everything you can find. Different schools of iai, jo, or kendo. Yes some school use different footwork, and it may be confusing, but so what? Everything is practice.
I'm guessing it doesn't really matter much these days, as it all depends on what you need/want the sword for. Iaido, wall hanger, as a collectable, cutting **** in the back yard, or time travelling defence in a back alley circa 1500?
Wow! I disappear for a year or so and Chris is being nice to everyone! (Insert Twilight Zone theme here).
I bought one of the first Chinese Shinken Kim sold, after ten years I still have it and still love it. No idea if he still has them or not.
Ok boys and girls, finally after all these years of Training, my shinken, my Jo and myself wil be flying somewhere together, Canada to the US.
What advice do you have for the packaging and general transportation of said weapons? I don't need to get to where I am going and find a bend in the blade!
My eyes just glazed over reading, and then skimming the above posts.....sorry Chris!!
If I am incorrect because of my brief, glazed look at the material I am sorry....
Orange, unless you have a teacher, and have been training for at least a few months, you simply do not have the background to...
It's mostly about the splintering when the staff gets hit. You don't want large splinters coming out of the wood and impaling someone, somewhere important! I have some exotic woods but I mostly use my old hickory jo and bokken. They dent, but they don't splinter.
Japanese swords are two handed weapons, though there are some kata where one handed cuts and thrusts are used. They are also a right handed weapon, there are no left handed kata.
Niten is fun, but you have various kata to work with, some are katana only, some wakizashi only and some are paired...
Most iaito blades are cast aluminium out of China, finished and pieced together in Japan. So much of what you see is the same product repackaged be retailers.
Time for me to flog my Sensei's site.
I have two iaito and my shinken from this site, and I am in love with my shinken...
I've heard that one before about other senior sensei. They practice Mae for hours.
My sensei, and I agree with him, has always said, that everything you need in iaido can be found in Mae. During a grading, if you get Mae correct, they'll tend to look at others as they assume you have a clue.
Touch wood, I've never had knee issues.
If I haven't practiced in a while, my back and forearms hurt. Once I've been training only my back hurts the next day.
Get that swing back, sink into the cuts, breath, and it all comes back!