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    Default My first Class in Kendo

    I just had my first Kendo class at DFW KIK (north Dallas area) and really enjoyed it. It was overwhelming, exhausting and inspiring. Both the teachers as well as the students were very helpful and encouraging. I am 58 with a martial arts background but have been out of formal training for a long time...but I kept up and felt good about that and also felt I accomplished something and made a good start. Tomorrow night is Iaido and Sunday is a mixed session. I am sore and yet very excited. I can certainly see how this could become a way of life and life long practice. I purchased my knee pads, a Shinai and a Bokken. I will wait a couple of weeks before purchaing a Gi and a Hakama set. My goal this year is to learn the basics in both Kendo as well as Iaido and be fully equipped with a Bogu set and Iaito Katana by the end of the year. I hope I am spelling and saying all of this correctly. I will start a practice diary to help retain information from each class. I just thought I would post this to the group. Have a great year and feel free to share any words of advice you might have for an old man beginning the practice of both a new, as well as an ancient art form.
    Wilkes Alexander

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    Hi Wilkes,
    Congratulations on starting your journey in kendo. Sounds like a rigorous class, so you might want to pace yourself and don't try doing too much, too soon.

    I am moving your thread to the Gendai Budo forum, as it is more appropriate there than in the "Budo Store." Not sure why we don't have a Kendo forum on E-Budo, but I'll look into that.
    Cady Goldfield

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    Thanks Cady. I will take it slow and not sure how I posted on the Budo Store forum...I am still learning my way around the site. Have a good week.
    Wilkes Alexander

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    We have opened a new sub-forum for kendo, so I have moved the thread here.
    Peter Goldsbury,
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    Welcome to the world of kendo. I hope you enjoy it and stick with it.
    Neil Gendzwill
    Saskatoon Kendo Club

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    Quote Originally Posted by gendzwil View Post
    stick with it.
    I see what you did there!
    David Noble
    Shorinji Kempo (1983 - 1988)
    I'll think of a proper sig when I get a minute...

    For now, I'm just waiting for the smack of the Bo against a hard wooden floor....

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    Thank you all very much. I have so much to learn...I just hope don't stick it to me too hard in class...

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    Hey, we created this new Kendo forum just for you. So, you'd better "stick" with it.
    Cady Goldfield

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    Yes, don't be shinai, just be bogu and tell us what you think. Kiai wouldn't want you tabi holding back or anything.



    .. I'll get my coat....
    David Noble
    Shorinji Kempo (1983 - 1988)
    I'll think of a proper sig when I get a minute...

    For now, I'm just waiting for the smack of the Bo against a hard wooden floor....

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    We're here (in class) every Tuesday, Wednesay and Thursday...please tip your waitress.
    Bogu Bing, Bogu Boom !!!
    Wilkes Alexander

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    Oh my, that was painful guys!
    It says something non-complementary about me that I liked it though.
    Paul Smith
    "Always keep the sharp side and the pointy end between you and your opponent"

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