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Neil Gendzwill
Neil Gendzwill
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Last Activity: Today, 03:18 PM
Joined: 6th November 2002
Location: Saskatoon, SK
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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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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Seme and timing
    in Waza
    Same as how you get to Carnegie Hall: practice, lots of practice....
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Starting Kendo again after years later
    What older people mostly need to do is learn adult kendo. We see this with some Japanese people who last played in junior high or high school and try to jump in from way outside like they used to - saw one guy in particular completely sever his achilles doing that. You can't play that youthful, athletic...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Kendo but with a Gumtoogi instructor
    In North America, unless part of the Japanese community, most likely started by choice as an adult or sometimes in high school. With few exceptions, we will not be national team material but we can all enjoy kendo. I didn't start until the year after college, now I am an instructor. If you are really dedicated, ...
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Purpose of kiai
    The requirement is to kiai the name of the point at the same time contact is made. There is no requirement to do any yelling up to that point. You can be as quiet as you like just standing there. You will understand kiai with more practice.
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Kendo but with a Gumtoogi instructor
    You're more likely to just develop bad habits with this organization. Train with them if it's something you'd enjoy, just don't harbour any delusions that you are improving or even maintaining your kendo....
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  • Neil Gendzwill
    replied to Canceling Men-Uchi with Do-Mune pressure
    in Waza
    No, perfectly legal, in fact it used to be a scoring technique against jodan but no longer for many years now. Mukae-zuki is thrusting upward which is dangerous because it can slip under the tsuki-dare and injure. Mune-zuki is more or less straight. From a competition POV you need to make contact...
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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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