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    Default Nafuda Kake

    Hello everyone.

    I am helping a friend organize his school and we are looking for information on how to properly make a Nafuda Kake (name badge rack found in Japanese Dojo). Does anyone have any info to impart on the subject, such as size of each placard, which direction the Nafuda Kake should face in the Dojo, etc.? I know some schools take liberty to display it their own way, but is there a more common method to construct and display it? I have scoured the web looking for images and have come up with only a few, and not that good.

    We've already had to drastically change some things in his Dojo. He had mirrors actually facing the door (a big no no) along with actual flags hanging on the wall (we got him some flagpoles!).

    Bill Haynes
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    Bill, where you able to find any information on this?
    I like the idea... I'd like to know the protocol. Do the placards get posted by rank order or anything?
    Ken Akiyama
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenkaru
    Bill, where you able to find any information on this?
    I like the idea... I'd like to know the protocol. Do the placards get posted by rank order or anything?
    I've seen two versions. The first was just a small, home built frame that hung on the dojo wall. The placards were rectangular about 2-3" wide and about 6 or so inches long. The frame consisted of two levels, one above the other. The placards then slid into the frame. There were blank placards to go between grades.

    NOTE: I found a picture of the above:
    http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/attach...tachmentid=273
    or if that doesn't work, go to this thread for the link:
    http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...ghlight=nafuda

    The second version was more open and the placards hung all along the wall. Can't recall too much about this one as I only saw it once.

    The design of a nafudakake is varied. As you can see from the links below.

    http://kendo.msu.edu/battlecreek/vol-6-5.html
    Scroll down to see a picture.

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/yoshid...&.dnm=3fed.jpg
    On the right side.

    http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...ghlight=nafuda
    Thread talking about.

    http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...ghlight=nafuda
    As noted above, another thread talking about with one picture.

    http://www.shugenkai.org/nafudakake.htm
    Picture

    http://www.aikidogeac.org/Nafudakake.cfm
    Graphic of one

    http://www.water-oak.net/aikikai/Nafudakake.aspx
    Another graphic

    http://www.aikidojournal.com/forums/...c6de6ba1c5d41a
    Talks about definition/translation in one post


    Hope that helps,
    Mark

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    From the oldest Judo dojo in the United States, Not very fancy, but it works for them.

    http://www.seattledojo.org/images/do...jo/members.JPG
    http://www.seattledojo.org/images/do...nstructors.JPG

    These nafuda kake have not been updated in decades. My cousin's name is still up there and he's not done judo since early 1970's.

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    At least your cousin is still alive -- several of the yudansha are not.

    But there are a couple newbies on the list. Kris Wilder, for instance.

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    Wow thanks a lot! I like the hanging ones best.

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    Default Nafuda

    I have information on Nafuda Kake. I operated Kensei-Kan Dojo in Chesapeake, VA from Sep 1979 - Mar 1990. There, I had two Nafuda Kake for adult students (one Dan, one Kyu) and a smaller one for Shonen-Bu (kids class). My model was the Nafuda Kake at the Kenshin-Kai Hombu Dojo in Fukuoka, Japan. I brought back one Nafuda as a template.

    The calligraphy was written by Shogo Kuniba when he visited my dojo during the 1980s.

    I wrote an article for Inside Karate in 1988 (Vol 9, No 10, pp 66-68) called "Elements of a traditional dojo" that shows the Nafuda Kake.

    Contact me for further info.


    Shihan James Herndon
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    Default Interested in purchasing engraved nafuda

    I've been thinking about building a nafudakake for my dojo and would like to buy nafuda to separate the various kyu and dan rank.

    I remember seeing a supplier that made custom engraved nafuda on various types of wood as well as selling 'blanks' but alas I cannot find them after hours of searching on the net.

    I've tried nafuda, nafudakake, nafuda kake, custom japanese name tags, engraved name plaques and many other variations - I've also checked a dozen or more martial arts supply site with no luck.

    Does anyone have any information on where I could get some? I don't like my own caligraphy enough to do these myself.
    Jason G. Bilodeau

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    You could try here
    Joe Stitz

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    - Doug Perry -Hanshi, KuDan -Shorin Ryu ShorinKan

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    Default Perfect!

    Thanks, that's exactly the website I remember seeing, wonder why I couldn't find it in my searches.

    I emailed them early this morning and got a personal call back this evening, very speedy response!

    Thanks again.
    Jason G. Bilodeau

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    Youre welcome.
    Happy New Year
    Joe Stitz

    "Black belt and white belt are the same, white belt is the beginning of technique. Black belt is the beginning of understanding. Both are beginner belts."
    - Doug Perry -Hanshi, KuDan -Shorin Ryu ShorinKan

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    I took 1" X 2" X 8' strips and dilled 1/4 holes down the center, 3" apart.
    I then glued dowels in them to make the rack. My plates are made from
    1/4" birch plywood that I clearcoated. I print the student's name on
    paper and glue them onto the face. For the children, I take a photo
    of them and glue that to the bottom under their name. The plate
    is 2" x 12". Make sure you make the hole bigger than 1/4" because
    they tend to snag and the kids will break off the peg.

    I hang them up by rank, left to right.

    Happy New Year!
    Ray Baldonade
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