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  1. Definite non-issue that could be explained by...

    Definite non-issue that could be explained by variances in ryu, teacher or even lineage. Even within the ryu if a particular teacher decides a nukitsuke should look a certain way, you'll see...
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    I'm of the pick-one-and-master-it variety, so my...

    I'm of the pick-one-and-master-it variety, so my advice may not be worth anything if one insists of studying multiple arts at once.

    At any rate, I recommend iaido only because it's what I've...
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    Shades of Bruce Lee's Ten Thousand Kicks parable...

    Shades of Bruce Lee's Ten Thousand Kicks parable here.
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    Indeed. That's the one I pulled the floorboard...

    Indeed. That's the one I pulled the floorboard quote from. Strolling through a few sites, tripped and fell on that one. Lucky me.

    Michael Hodge
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    Great sources, guys! Thanks! Just did a quick...

    Great sources, guys! Thanks! Just did a quick lookup of Stevens' book and was led to another that he wrote as well as books from other authors like The Sword and the Mind by Hiroaki Sato. Good...
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    Recommend Texts

    Hey guys,

    The other day I ran across a nice kendo-specific document that was quite nicely written, referenced a lot of older material like the oft-quoted Five Rings and other historical texts and...
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    Thanks for the message, Jon, and thanks to...

    Thanks for the message, Jon, and thanks to everyone else for the assistance. Much appreciated!

    Michael Hodge
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    Iaido Kyohan: Mitani and Mitani

    I'm aware this is an old book, the original hardcover edition out of print, but does anyone know where I can find even the softcover re-release if the original isn't available?

    Thanks,

    Michael...
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    Here's an alternative: At the point where the...

    Here's an alternative:

    At the point where the tsuba arrives at the head (more toward the front of the head like a military salute), lightly engage and increase tenouchi (finger leverage) as your...
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    I believe Iwata Norikazu is in the same camp...

    I believe Iwata Norikazu is in the same camp regarding shinken. He's a bokuto kinda guy most times when he's not actively practicing, isn't he?

    Michael Hodge
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    Note the qualifier in the article: The...

    Note the qualifier in the article:

    The proposal is expected to stop short of banning genuine Japanese swords held by collectors or genuine enthusiasts.

    and

    However, ministers say they have...
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    Heh? Michael Hodge

    Heh?

    Michael Hodge
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    Working in Leather Ito

    Took delivery of a rather fine Swordstore iaito yesterday. Thing is, the leather ito, though of very high quality, is quite smooth and somewhat perilous to handle as a result.

    Does anyone have...
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    I'd rather think all titles fall into that...

    I'd rather think all titles fall into that category regardless of the country that grants them. Titles only serve to elevate and separate people from the next man. Not entirely keen on the idea...
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    Most plausible explanations I've heard was that...

    Most plausible explanations I've heard was that swinging swords from or while in seiza was meant to teach the practitioner how to engage his hips for more leverage. I suppose that isn't to mention...
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    See if you can get hold of Iwata Norikazu's...

    See if you can get hold of Iwata Norikazu's tapes. His Roshukai style is about the most accessible stuff one can find recorded. He's quite big on maintaining the old ways. He's pretty partial to...
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    There's a few about halfway down the page on the...

    There's a few about halfway down the page on the following website:

    http://ejmas.com/tin/2006tin/tinart_hellsten_0206.html

    Michael Hodge
  18. I'm reminded of the phrase Dai Kyo Soku Kei. ...

    I'm reminded of the phrase Dai Kyo Soku Kei. That's the natural progression of technique from utterly unfamiliar and rough to completely familiar and smooth. First comes dai (big/correct...
  19. Just so happens, that teacher is my teacher's own...

    Just so happens, that teacher is my teacher's own teacher. Honest accident I suppose, but it was some time before I spotted them. Looks good now. :)

    Michael Hodge
  20. There are a number of photographs in both your...

    There are a number of photographs in both your PDF and HTML versions that are reversed. I'll leave it to you to figure out. :)

    Michael Hodge
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    This is the Jesus said line of argument. I...

    This is the Jesus said line of argument. I recognize it. One tends to take a direct line to some source deemed an infallible authority, as if one should be struck down should he dare question its...
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    Only one hour? I've been doing that for years! ...

    Only one hour? I've been doing that for years! :)

    Michael Hodge
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    This is decidely not a issue of religion. ...

    This is decidely not a issue of religion. Meditation is not Zen's property alone; it holds no monopoly on it. All meditation serves one purpose -- to bring the mind to one-pointedness, and along...
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    This is not the place for answers to questions of...

    This is not the place for answers to questions of this nature. If what you're experiencing are makyo, you should be deferring to a zen priest. Makyo are not things to be dealt with lightly,...
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    Easier still, "my teacher." There's a slight...

    Easier still, "my teacher." There's a slight syntactical oddity in saying "my sensei", when the title amounts to something nearing "accomplished sir/ma'am", though in a somewhat more exalted way. I...
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