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Neil Gendzwill
Neil Gendzwill
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Last Activity: Today, 04:44 AM
Joined: 6th November 2002
Location: Saskatoon, SK
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Failed Kyu Grading
    Being this is UAE I suspect the panel itself doesn't have too much experience. Who's running the show there since Rocky passed away?
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Failed Kyu Grading
    I'm not sure what your sensei are looking for, to be testing for 4 kyu as an adult after 2 years is a different scale than most places I am aware of. After 2 years in Canada most would be testing for shodan. To me for any rank up to and including shodan, whether the candidate scores is not a pass/fail...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Failed Kyu Grading
    Zeiddo, is mentoring newer students something you are asked to do by your sensei, or is this something you have taken upon yourself?
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Questions Regarding Bowing and Bogu Challenge
    I don't have a problem with them sitting in front, they are stepping up to lead the class after all. "Sensei" is a bit much, and I have never held with senpai as a title. "Otagai ni rei" seems appropriate. As far as bowing, everyone in the dojo shouls be deserving of your respect. I presume you bow...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to First Bogu but problem with Men
    in Bogu
    Do you need to have wrap-around protection or will normal glasses do? There are several glasses available that fit inside the men, you could get tinted lenses. Alternately the protective plastic you mention could be tinted. Lots of shops do automotive glass tinting, they could probably do it.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Michigan Training
    in Dojo
    According to the AUSKF list there is a dojo in Grand Rapids.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to As the Christmas season approaches...
    Glad you like it, and that's exactly what we do with our non-armoured people. If we have an uneven number of people, someone on the short team fights twice. If you don't do much shiai-geiko, this is a good opportunity to teach people about shiai basics. Everyone needs to know how to enter and exit the shiai-j...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to As the Christmas season approaches...
    Try a red and white tournament. Divide the dojo into two groups and line them up against each other for a big team match. Try to pair up people who would be competitive against each other or make interesting matches.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to As the Christmas season approaches...
    One variation is to make it a balloon war with each side having a King or Queen, usually the smallest kid. Object is to break the balloon on the King's head. You can defend your King until you lose your own balloon. We have also done balloon relay races. Line up two or more teams with a motodachi (usually an instructor) who wears a...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 9th December 2014, 02:20 AM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Asking opinions for my first bogu
    in Bogu
    Further to Andy's post - compare apples to apples, just add the shipping cost in if another company charges for it separately. Also take into account the shipping service. If someone is using UPS ground into Canada for example, it's going to suck because UPS charges outrageous brokerage fees on theit...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Tenugui Colors: Do they matter?
    I don't care what colour their tenugui is when I'm sitting on the panel. So long as their overall appearance is neat and tidy and they are wearing their equipment properly, I'm fine. This is not to say that every judge feels the way I do but frankly I've never met any that would consider tenugui colour...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Tenugui Colors: Do they matter?
    Wow, I had no idea white tenugui were flashy. Most tenugui are either white or blue. I sincerely doubt it will matter one bit to your grading so long as you tie it properly - make sure there's no extra bits flapping out the back.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Order of feet in suri ashi
    in Waza
    suri-ashi just means "sliding footwork". It's what we do for most kendo footwork - okuri-ashi, ayumi-ashi, hiraki-ashi, tsugi-ashi, all of these are done using suri-ashi. However, many times the sensei will say "suri-ashi" and mean "okuri-ashi". Or maybe he's just telling you to slide your feet.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to First time bogu buyer: split between two models
    in Bogu
    Be aware that at that price point, there is not going to be any custom fitting or adjustments. They will provide the sizes that are the closest to your measurements. Just make sure they have your size in stock if you go for the sale set. One thing you can do is just call them up (during Japanese business hours). The...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 19th November 2014, 11:28 PM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Order of feet in suri ashi
    in Waza
    Moving the right foot first (really, pushing from the left to move the right forward) is the normal footwork called okuri-ashi. Pulling the left foot up close and then moving the right foot (typically to attack) is called tsugi-ashi. It is used as you were told to subtly close distance. If you start with a wide...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 19th November 2014, 11:18 PM.

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