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Neil Gendzwill
Neil Gendzwill
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Last Activity: Today, 10:55 PM
Joined: 6th November 2002
Location: Saskatoon, SK
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Grading Stress, am I just weak?
    I find gradings stressful as well. Andy had good advice for you. I've always had to fly for my gradings, and found it useful to try to get to a practice the night before. Shake out the nerves, have a keiko with some fresh faces. The day of, if the venue allows it, I like to get a really good warm...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Any TG (MtF) Kendoka out there?
    The people who join because they like manga rarely stick it out.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Any TG (MtF) Kendoka out there?
    As this is looking to now be a real discussion on the topic, moved to the lounge (for lack of a better place). Thanks for your honesty, and best of luck in your training.
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    Last edited by Neil Gendzwill; 19th September 2014, 11:26 PM.

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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Hidari jodan in kata
    in Waza
    Body square for hidari jodan is common, bringing the kamae in kata into line with the kamae commonly used for shinai kendo. It's the way I do it. A little hanmi (turned) is fine too.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to How to stop thinking
    Hi, Dan. Nice to see you on KW. One way to measure your progress is against senior sensei who don't change as much over time as you do. In your case, evaluate your keiko with Miyaoka-sensei when you come to visit us. If it seems that he is getting better, that means you are getting better - he will...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Kitchen Swordsmanship
    Maybe hack off the blade of a cheap iaito and experiment with a suburi-ko on it?
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