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  1. Thread: sword basics

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    We have a member of our Iai dojo from a Bujinkan...

    We have a member of our Iai dojo from a Bujinkan background and the way she cuts is very different to the way swords people cut....chopping rather than cutting which is a common ‘mistake’. My...
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    Omote 'Izu ju Sadahito saku' Izu is the old...

    Omote
    'Izu ju Sadahito saku'

    Izu is the old name for a domain in Shizuoka. Sadahito is the sword maker's name...saku is an honorific.

    Ura
    'Heisei ni ju hachi nen ju gatsu jitsu'

    2016...
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    Tang Inscription

    I wonder if somebody would be so kind as to translate the inscription on my sword? I seem to have lost the original translation provide by the smith, Enomoto Sadahito.

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    Thanks for advice, Cady. You donít say where you...

    Thanks for advice, Cady. You donít say where you tie your obi. Do you tie it lower in imitation of male wearers?
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    Too much Viagra?

    There are a couple of ladies in my dojo who have just gotten into hakama and are using Iaito (my spares). Theyíve been shown how to tie their hakama Ďcorrectlyí but when they put their swords through...
  6. Thread: Translation

    by kokoro777
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    I suppose it is difficult to read- I donít...

    I suppose it is difficult to read- I donít recognise a single character!
  7. Thread: Translation

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    Translation

    I found this piece of calligraphy and remember someone telling me that it was written by a famous swordsman. Can anyone tell me what it actually says? A piece of poetry perhaps?

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    The...
  8. Thread: Mittsu Sen

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    Mittsu Sen

    Ancient Wisdom, a humorous explanation!

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    Are you Serious?

    Do ‘martial artists’ take themselves, their art and their perceived status too seriously? If so, why?

    I am very fortunate to belong to a very friendly, welcoming dojo. Nobody is referred to as...
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    Get a Samurai Name!

    I am a samurai. I know Iím a samurai because I wear a dress, shave my pate, and wield a sword (in the safety of a dojo and am fully insured against injury, third party, fire and theft). But, I have a...
  11. Thread: Use of Sageo

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    That was the norm here in the UK in the 1980s...

    That was the norm here in the UK in the 1980s when I first started Iai, but over the years, itís been reintroduced by the ZNKR and MSR. I use my sageo as a form of self-expression 😉 I have flamboyant...
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    I believe some schools do this because it’s...

    I believe some schools do this because it’s difficult to use the sword from this position and more so from tate hiza. If you consider kata as ‘toho’-training to use the sword rather than ‘snippets of...
  13. Thread: Men Gane

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    Tozando got back to me and can supply mengane to...

    Tozando got back to me and can supply mengane to me for £185 ($236). I might need to downscale my plans a little based on this price!
  14. The Link Between Controlled Breathing and Calming your Brain

    I stumbled upon a piece of research the shows the scientific basis of controlled breathing and becoming calmer! How interesting!


    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6332/1411/tab-pdf
  15. Thread: Men Gane

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    Thank you for the welcome and the advice. Iíll...

    Thank you for the welcome and the advice. Iíll drop Tozando a line today.
  16. Thread: Men Gane

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    Men Gane

    Does anyone know where I can buy men gane from for a little art project I have? I donít want to rip second hand men apart and yet i canít seem to find anywhere that sells them online.
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    I have to concur that I've found Nine Circles...

    I have to concur that I've found Nine Circles incredibly helpful whenever I've ordered in the past. They always email a confirmation, telephone me if there's a delay in getting goods to me and are...
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