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  • First, decide if there's any hobby you can imagine liking enough to spend 4 hours in a car to practice - that's probably a 7 hour chunk out of your day including practice and change time. If you feel you could be that dedicated, go visit the dojo. Our club has a guy who drives 90 minutes each way, so that level of commitment...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; Today, 12:27 AM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to MUGEN - New Bogu Store!
    I was just measured by AJB's craftsmen while I was in Japan for one of their top-end machine-stitched-but-handmade men and kote. The kote measurements were the same as always, just length and circumference. They did measure both hands and were willing to make the left and right kote different sizes if need be....
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hitting Slumps
    Criticism seems to be burnt into the culture of kendo. Sensei will always tell you what you are doing wrong. If they stop doing that, that means they don't care if you get it right any more, which is a bad thing. I think criticism should be constructive though, so I disagree with the manner in which you are...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hitting Slumps
    So are you in Korea or Canada right now?
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to MUGEN - New Bogu Store!
    Really I don't have direct experience with that much stuff, so it is hard to comment. With bogu by and large you get what you pay for. So I don't recommend cheap hand-stitched set, you are better off buying machine at the lower price point. You can't really tell until you've used it for a while either. Guys like...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 17th June 2015, 11:02 PM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to MUGEN - New Bogu Store!
    Sorry, I'm not all that up on the Japanese bogu market. I can tell you that some of the bogu sellers that were at the WKC were also advertising made in Japan products. If I am parsing Andy's reply from a few months back correctly, the thing about Mugen is that it all gets done under one roof whereas other suppliers...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 17th June 2015, 04:34 AM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to MUGEN - New Bogu Store!
    The Mugen stuff as advertised on the AJB website is not hand-stitched. The futon is machine-stitched. That will be a big chunk of the cost right there.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hidari jodan in Kata
    in Waza
    Shizentai is used in judo to mean natural standing posture as opposed to a bent over defensive posture. I've never heard that term used in kendo before, I expect Steve was meaning just a normal stance with left or right foot forward....
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hidari jodan in Kata
    in Waza
    To me the better question is why is it straight for migi-jodan? Anyone who has played with jodan feels more natural with the hands a bit apart, creating that angle.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to physically unable to do sonkyo
    No problem for the exam, just let the panel know
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to physically unable to do sonkyo
    Just try to figure out a reasonable compromise. Some go down on one knee. Others stay standing. Try to avoid some awkward half-assed version and go for a more dignified compromise.
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