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  • dillon
    replied to Dropping the shinai after tsuki
    in Waza
    Ohisashiburi sempai.

    You got me there. It isn't written anywhere (well, the official rules are quite sparse) and you have way more shiai experience than me. I guess I probably heard it from a sensei at some point. As with everything in kendo, judgement is relative (and can vary between...
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  • dillon
    replied to Iaido Dojo in Tokyo
    Ask your sensei. He or she is a link in a chain back to some sensei in Japan. If the link is broken (e.g. due to someone passing away) then the inquiry may be more indirect but still possible. The main thing is vouching for your character. If that produces no results, ask at a budo shop (probably no...
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  • dillon
    replied to Iaido Dojo in Tokyo
    Accepting non-Japanese is not generally a problem. There are quite a few non-Japanese faces at every (ZNKR) iaido event in Tokyo.

    However, it's best if you can get an introduction. The iaido community in particular is sensitive about who is in their population since we're dealing with knowledge...
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  • dillon
    replied to Is there a way? Disability
    My first kendo sensei said if you can hold a shinai you can practice kendo.

    As for storing bogu long term, assuming it has dried out, you can just pack it away in a box and keep it somewhere cool and dry. If it has any moisture at all, you'll want to leave it somewhere dry and well ventilated...
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    Last edited by dillon; 17th January 2016, 03:29 PM.

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  • dillon
    started a topic Kendo and Star Wars documentary

    Kendo and Star Wars documentary

    As mentioned on kenshi247.net, ESPN made a feature about the connection between kendo and Star Wars lightsabers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vGjNnZhJFI...
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  • dillon
    replied to Dojo Search When to start?
    in Dojo
    Just to add, in case you do start while on exchange and continue when you go back home, please realize that different sensei will approach the basics from different angles. Whatever you do, do not argue with any sensei and say, well such and such sensei taught me this way. This principle holds true...
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  • dillon
    replied to Dojo Search When to start?
    in Dojo
    In principle I think it's ok to start while you are on exchange assuming that:

    - your exchange program isn't too short (I think 6 months is absolute minimum, any shorter I would wait partly for kendo reasons partly for others)
    - you won't struggle with your studies (exchange programs...
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  • dillon
    replied to Getting into Kendo
    in FAQ
    Videos are helpful for review but not too good for learning something one has never done before, particularly for tradition bound things like kendo where movements are very prescribed. As mentioned in my response to your other post, you need to learn from a sensei.

    Perhaps one day there...
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  • dillon
    replied to Any dojos near Eugene, OR
    in Dojo
    Have you checked this listing for kendo in Oregon?

    http://www.auskf.info/dojo/or.htm

    It is not really possible to learn kendo without a proper sensei. On your first lesson alone, you'll have at least a dozen different points about a basic men cut explained to you and wind up...
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  • dillon
    replied to Beginning at London's Tora Kendo Dojo
    in Dojo
    London is spoilt for choice in terms of kendo. I believe it is possible to practice every day of the week there if you hop between dojo, although as a beginner you should pick one dojo and stick exclusively to it until at least shodan (1-dan).

    Have you gone to watch a practice? If not,...
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dillon
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