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I would reccomend Eguchi's basic model shinai. It is strong but very evenly balanced. Also, I have found that it is slightly lighter than other shinai's. I think any jodan player should be able to use any shinai, but this one is a good starter. Hope this helps. Cheers!
Shouldn't a kendoka using jodan be able to use any standard shinai? I suppose one might want a lighter shinai to make it a little easier on the arms but I guess I thought that it wouldn't really matter (mind you I've never tried using jodan so I woudln't know).
I've experiemented a fair bit and I always return to the bog-standard el-cheapo shinai. (ie the Wakaba/Tada-san ones).
I did have Tada-san try to hunt down some more suitable madake shinais and while they're supremly well balanced, they are still a tad too heavy for jodan. I still use them for jodan practice, but that's more to build strength and to show weaknesses in my cut, as any errors will be amplified.
What he should be getting is:
Super-long tsukagawa. 40+. I got a couple of ancient ones which have stretched a lot and the new ones from Tada-san are reasonably long too. Ask around for peoples ancient tsukagawas if necessary.
Small tsuba. No need for the supersized ones.
This will be a helpful thread for me, I was told by one of our sensei that I should try practice using jodan once my right wrist recovers. I didn't know that practicing jodan will also means that I may choose different types of shinai.
Any guide lines that I should take to prepare myself for it? I'm currently doing more waza everyday with my left arm to strengthen it, but progress very slow.
If you`re gonna try Jodan you`re gonna find out pretty soon.
I know that for a jodan kendoka, he/she will get tsuki at more than normal. Cause it is one of the way to score by the opponent before the jodan kendoka strikes. I just don't understand what he was directing at with his sentense.
I like a shinai with a large diameter tsuka that is very tip-light for jodan. Sorry, no specific models to recommend.
Thanks Neil and Jakob, I sort of suspected as much. I'll see what we can manage, but in the mean time, if anyone else has any (serious) ideas, then please do stick 'em here.
Oh and Paikea, try swinging a katatemen with a fat handled tip light shinai, then a big tip heavy chokuto, then you'll get it! Its for one of my students who basically cannot do chudan because of stuff wrong with his ankles when he was born. Since getting into armour he hasn't really practised for more than 15 minutes because of the pain in his left ankle, but because his right doesn't have the same problems we decided to change him over to jodan. Last night he did his first full lesson since March, so I think its the right choice! Just got to get him an easily swingable shinai.
Well, he got the Xmas break to build up strength..
Using a ladies shinai to initially do the kihon might not be a bad idea, but he needs to do suburi at home..and lots of it.
While I think you can happily get away with not doing suburi at home for chudan, the extra strength required for jodan makes it necessary to practice at home.