Same thing happened at our dojo recently. A guy in his 30s with some aikido experience had one kendo lesson and had such a huge block over kiai that he really didn't think it was for him, but he might try iaido. I said that would be fine, but suggested it might be interesting for him to do enough kendo to get him to the point where he was comfortable with kiai. After all, if you find something difficult that's what you need to confront. I hope he does come back but we've yet to see what he decides. He really did have a big thing about 'shouting', even watching the yudansha doing keikari geiko had him in shock.
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