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Neil Gendzwill
Neil Gendzwill
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Last Activity: Today, 10:47 AM
Joined: 6th November 2002
Location: Saskatoon, SK
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Exceptions for cheap Iaito?
    You're putting the cart before the horse. You don't even know yet whether you will like kendo or iaido. You won't be asked to purchase anything right away. In the kendo case there will be anywhere from 3 months to a year of unarmoured practice. Iaido is similar, they usually start you out on bokken....
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to looking for dojo
    in Dojo
    The number of kendo clubs in the US offering daytime instruction during the week is probably 0. None of the Maryland clubs do. You can find the listings here.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Purchasing Bogu in Japan...
    in Bogu
    I'll look forward to meeting you Andy, along with other interwebby kendo friends. CKF did a group buy of tickets, there will be a Canadian cheering section about 100 strong. I'll be there all 3 days.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Purchasing Bogu in Japan...
    in Bogu
    I'll be there too and looking to buy stuff but I don't have any recommendations. I'm told there are likely to be a lot of vendors on-site. I'm sure you can get any number of recommendations from people at the event once you're there.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Kasumi no kamae
    in Waza
    That picture is about right, his hands are a little high so it may have caught him in movement. Basically right arm shoulder height, blade same angle as opponents. Useful against hidari-jodan or gyaku-nito, less useful against migi-jodan or sei-nito....
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hasso No Kamae
    in Waza
    Sakabato if you mean hitting the kote from the opposite side it is usually attacked from I am not sure about that. From a rules point of view there's nothing against it I'm aware of. From a practical point of view it would be tough to get a nice sound there, you are likely to hit mostly the strings...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hasso No Kamae
    in Waza
    Missingno, once you are used to attacking on the left foot it doesn't matter if it's a one-handed technique or two. From hasso you can execute quite a quick, strong men. You can bait them into attacking that kote and then do uchi-otoshi-men. It's fun to play around with but pretty limited. Gyaku-doh is possible...
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  • It would be helpful if you posted the measurements you used to order. Height and weight aren't enough.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Jodo AJKF vs Aikikai
    in Jodo
    In general, weapons practice in Aikido is used to further the empty hand techniques. I do not believe that aikijo originates from the same place as SMR or ZNKR jodo.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Keiko while on Business trips
    Depends on the length and location. If I am going to be gone for more than a week and I know there is a dojo (especially if I have visited before), I will take it. I use a golf travel bag which will hold bogu, shinai and extra clothes, although you do have to be careful about weight.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to How to wear Tenugui for woman ??
    The party hat is a way of tying the tenugui. You've probably seen it, that's where you fold it in half lengthwise with the folded side away from you. Turn one end of the tenugui downward at a 45 degree angle pointing away from its original end. Then do the same for the other end of the tenugui. Flip the whole thing...
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 5th October 2014, 03:21 AM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to How to wear Tenugui for woman ??
    I've always just seen a ponytail at the nape of the neck, makes it easier for the himo too. Maybe a french braid would work?

    They can try the "party hat" style as well, that will tend to cover more hair and hopefully get less tangles.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to About Kote repair and sourcing materials
    in Bogu
    Cow hide is still used on cheap kote, I don't recommend it. If you are just looking for small pieces to do patchwork, you can get deer leather at Michael's (chain craft store) if you have one....
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