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  1. It still exists, but activity is very slow. ...

    It still exists, but activity is very slow.
    Mostly it still exists because there are some amazing discussions from back in the day involving a number of highly regarded martial artists. We just...
  2. Hey Sebastian, Welcome to e-budo. The only...

    Hey Sebastian,
    Welcome to e-budo.
    The only eye witness account of a sword duel that I am familiar with (I'm sure there must be others out there) is by Sakujiro Yokoyama. Sword polisher David...
  3. Thread: JKF in Japan

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    It will certainly make people much more conscious...

    It will certainly make people much more conscious of those around them. Good situational awareness training!
  4. Thread: JKF in Japan

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    I know a number of people whose plans for...

    I know a number of people whose plans for training in Japan this summer are now on hold while everyone figures out what the virus is going to do. Hopefully it is seasonal like the flu, and will taper...
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    It has been my experience that women naturally...

    It has been my experience that women naturally have to wear their hakama higher than men, due to the greater flare of their hips. However, this does not cause the sword to sit more vertical. That is...
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    Hi Michael, Unfortunately, most Japanese have...

    Hi Michael,
    Unfortunately, most Japanese have as little idea of koryu as most other countries. However, they all pretty much know what kendo is, and chances are good that there will be a kendo...
  7. Hey Mathias, I am not a practitioner of TSKSR,...

    Hey Mathias,
    I am not a practitioner of TSKSR, so I can't comment directly on your question. However, I do want to point out that the kata in the koryu that I am familiar with are not designed to...
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    Hey Jasper, Don't personally have any...

    Hey Jasper,
    Don't personally have any experience with outfits in New York, sorry. What I recommend though is to search on-line for custom embroidery or patches. There are quite a number of them...
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    That whooshing noise? .....

    That whooshing noise? .....
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    That was interesting and entertaining Jeff! A bit...

    That was interesting and entertaining Jeff! A bit bizarre, but pretty entertaining. :)

    Thanks!
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    Not really. That little bit of lore was put forth...

    Not really. That little bit of lore was put forth by one of the early companies making Japanese style swords from China in order to get people to purchase their swords, which had quite a bit of sori....
  12. That is a rather ingenious way to edit a book...

    That is a rather ingenious way to edit a book after it's been sold.

    Kudos Ellis!
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    Hey Stephanie, It sounds to me like you're...

    Hey Stephanie,
    It sounds to me like you're looking for a particular kind of instructor, rather than a particular kind of art. In my experience, koryu arts have more depth to them due to the...
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    I have heard quite a few reasons and...

    I have heard quite a few reasons and justifications for kata from seiza over the years. The real reason, as Hyakutake sensei pointed out, is that this is what we're told to do. There are a number of...
  15. Thread: Men Gane

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    Ouch! Sounds like an interesting project...

    Ouch!

    Sounds like an interesting project though.
  16. Thread: Men Gane

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    Hi Anil, Welcome to e-budo. My advice is...

    Hi Anil,
    Welcome to e-budo.

    My advice is to email Tozando and tell them what you're looking for. They have English speakers on staff, they are very helpful (in my experience), and have a lot...
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    Hey Jasper, The problem is that there are only...

    Hey Jasper,
    The problem is that there are only a very limited number of people that are interested in martial arts, and karate (and boxing) are not tops on the flavor of the month list. That being...
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    Maybe, maybe not. Taylor sensei is very...

    Maybe, maybe not. Taylor sensei is very knowledgeable and has been training a long time with various Japanese sensei. However, his outlook and approach can be a bit non-traditional at times. He...
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    I've heard good things about JCCC, and had the...

    I've heard good things about JCCC, and had the opportunity to meet a few of the iaido folks a number of years back.

    Again, Taylor sensei can give you good advice if you're interested in learning...
  20. Thread: Ideas?

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    While I agree that it may get a bit confusing, it...

    While I agree that it may get a bit confusing, it really isn't overly so. The way I see it, if someone can't go to the bother to do their own research, then they're not likely to be able to keep up...
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    Hi Marie, Welcome to e-budo! I suggest you...

    Hi Marie,
    Welcome to e-budo!
    I suggest you contact Kim Taylor. He instructs seidokai dojo at University of Guelph. https://seidokai.ca/iai.kim.html
    He is a great guy, knows just about...
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    Hi Susan, Welcome to e-budo! I know how you...

    Hi Susan,
    Welcome to e-budo! I know how you feel. I had the same repair, torn rotator cuff and bicep, on both shoulders. Had the right one done last year in July, and the left one last December....
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    Hey John, Welcome to e-budo. It is almost...

    Hey John,
    Welcome to e-budo.
    It is almost impossible to tell anything about your sword as the pictures you provided are all pretty fuzzy. Here is my advice though ... Rotate the picture of the...
  24. Thread: Oi no Nezame

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    That was very interesting. Thanks Malcolm!

    That was very interesting.

    Thanks Malcolm!
  25. Thread: Kokoro Gamai

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    Trying to write a paper about the Japanese...

    Trying to write a paper about the Japanese concept of Kokoro could potentially turn into a novel, as they use it for all sorts of things. :)
    Research is good though. My understanding is pretty...
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