Hello everyone. I am 16 years old and live in Westminster, Maryland. For years ive been fascinated by the art of the Japanese sword. Ive always wanted to learn(preferably iaido), however, there is not one single dojo anywhere in my tri-state area that teaches any form of swordsmanship. Ive gone online and entered my location into dojo finders, but they always come up blank. My dad and I have driven miles around our area looking for a sword school but weve found nothing. I have multiple instructional video tapes, and many many books on the art of the sword. I tried copying the waza out of the tapes and books to the best of my ability, but I have had years of experience in karate to know how important it is to have a teacher showing you what you're doing wrong. Also many of the books say that no matter how hard I read I'll never truly learn unless I have a certified instructor teaching me. Now when I practice iaido waza I get frustrated with myself knowing that I'm probably doing a million things wrong and I'll never know how to fix them. Ive reached the point of giving up trying, and my family and friends tell me to keep at it, but I don't think they understand how important it is to have a teacher showing me what I'm doing right and wrong. So my question is should I bother to continue doing what I'm doing?or is it pointless to try without a teacher?
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