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  • Just a tangential point but if you are importing iaito into the UK, you'll need to consider the restrictions on "samurai swords". When I lived in London this had just came in when I ordered a mogito so I emailed to the supplier some documents and asked them to pack these with the shipping...
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  • dillon
    replied to Does an extra deep groove make a weight difference
    Tozando has English speaking staff who you can ask for specifics. In my opinion, the better question to ask is "where is the center of balance?" A well balanced iaito will have this point at approximately 10cm from the tsuba along the blade. Much further out and it will feel more tip heavy....
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  • dillon
    replied to Bad consequences for a professional pianist?
    Your sensei probably already showed you this but concentrate the grip using your pinky and ring fingers. The amount of strength could be described as holding an egg firmly. The other fingers should be much looser, just there to stabilize.

    I once practiced kendo for 5 hours a day, six days...
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  • dillon
    replied to Consequences of refusing to fight
    I think things can get messy if punishment is meant to sanction morality because then the officials have to second guess motives.

    What if someone refuses because they are protesting a particular nation's policies (almost no nation can escape this)? What about protesting a nation's political...
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  • dillon
    replied to Bad consequences for a professional pianist?
    I do not practice Zen, so the following is just my personal but reasoned take on it. Apologies in advance if any of what I state below is factually in error.

    My understanding is that the practice of Zen aims to reach a transcendant state of mind/spirit and that this is a mental process...
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    Last edited by dillon; 31st August 2016, 04:20 PM.

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  • dillon
    replied to Bad consequences for a professional pianist?
    I've scraped my fingers enough to bleed on noto (resheathing) using a mogito (dull alloy practice blade but still pointy). No real damage but it's the sort of injury that pops up once in while. With a shinken (live blade), the risk of serious injury is not to be taken lightly. Aside from cuts, tennis...
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