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    I've noticed that there are three red stirngs wrapped several times around the shinai. I was wondering hwat exactly they are there for? I know the white string is needed there, but what about the red ones.

  • #2
    red strings

    I was told to cut them off by my sensei. He said that they were just there to hold the staves together during shipping.

    DaveC

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    • #3
      Originally posted by indigo0086
      I've noticed that there are three red stirngs wrapped several times around the shinai. I was wondering hwat exactly they are there for? I know the white string is needed there, but what about the red ones.
      are you serious ? they're depth gauges to let you know exactly where to strike and not to strike, the lowest string means you are cutting to deep....just kidding.... anyways they're there to hold the shinai together until you use it for keiko ....just cut them off

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      • #4
        *snip snip*

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        • #5
          Their most useful function is as a gauge of how knowledgeable the stunt people are in a given movie or TV show - if you see the shipping ties still on the shinai, you know they haven't done their research.

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          • #6
            hahahahaha. aren't we all just bunch of serious kendokas with a humorous side.

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            • #7
              they make sure that your opponents do not survive geiko against you... the red string holds the take's together and prevents it from bending in and out, making it effectively as painful as a bokuto.. i recommend you leave it on until your arms are strong enough to do enough damage without the aid of these strings..

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              • #8
                those strings are supposed to ward off evil spirits and you need to tie them various places around on your uniform and bogu to give you luck.

                I suggest tie them in little bows so they make you look particularly intimidating

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                • #9
                  dont be ridiculous they dont ward the spirits off, they attract them, demons are known for their red string fetishes...

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                  • #10
                    leave them on

                    You gotta leave them them on they make the shinai go faster, they're special go faster strings.

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                    • #11
                      horny demons chasing you has that sort of effect...

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                      • #12
                        Where can I buy some more of the red strings? my old ones have fallen off.

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                        • #13
                          to take them off just tug on the end of one of the strings and they come right off, you dont need to cut anything.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Odachi
                            Where can I buy some more of the red strings? my old ones have fallen off.
                            I'll sell you some of mine for 10$ per cm.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Odachi
                              Where can I buy some more of the red strings? my old ones have fallen off.
                              Just use a permanent marker to draw red lines around where the red strings were. This is sanctioned by the IKF as acceptible outside of Japan, as supplies of the correct string can be hard to come by.

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