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  1. ....Cut him...on the arm...? Man, that must have...

    ....Cut him...on the arm...? Man, that must have been some crap sword. If he'd used a gen-u-wine katana, the bad guy would have been sliced like lunchmeat...
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    I once went to a kenjutsu seminar given by a...

    I once went to a kenjutsu seminar given by a fairly famous guy. The ads stated that attendance would be _strictly_ limited to a fairly small number, so you can bet I hustled up to the dojo to pay my...
  3. You guys are easily amused...

    That's two minutes of my life I'll never get back...
  4. A tragic story, except for the fact the right...

    A tragic story, except for the fact the right person came out alive. But that has to be the greatest thread title ever written, Harvey... :)
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    These appear to be beer ads. Ho hum.

    These appear to be beer ads. Ho hum.
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    Prince -- you have clearly never owned or even...

    Prince -- you have clearly never owned or even ridden a horse. It's no accident that they were replaced by cars and trucks... Food, shelter and both regular and veterinary care for horses costs...
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    Who was it that said "you'll never go broke by...

    Who was it that said "you'll never go broke by underestimating the taste of the American public"...? {Not to be putting down my American friends...you can sell crap anywhere. And I note this seller...
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    Okay, the most bare-bones expanation I can think...

    Okay, the most bare-bones expanation I can think of is this:

    Keep your balance, while throwing your partner off his balance.

    When you have him unbalanced, he won't be able to resist whatever...
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    I enjoyed both 'Sensei' and 'Deshi', although I...

    I enjoyed both 'Sensei' and 'Deshi', although I found the climax of second book a trifle over the top. Good reads, tho'...it's nice to see fiction involving the martial arts written by somebody who...
  10. Poll: I spent a little over US$50 for a nice hickory...

    I spent a little over US$50 for a nice hickory bokken from Kim Taylor. Once I had it I realized that, nice as it was, it made no difference in either my abilities or the quality of my practice. ...
  11. My understanding [gleaned from I know not where]...

    My understanding [gleaned from I know not where] was that the samurai hairstyle originated in making it more comfortable to wear kabuto. Gradually, of course, it became another untouchable...
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    Alec -- Without going into a great deal of...

    Alec -- Without going into a great deal of detail, I'll just say I'm with you.

    And a couple of points that might be useful...

    First, Budo is something that leads inside you. If your art...
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    Sushi and Sashimi is good. There's a restaurant...

    Sushi and Sashimi is good. There's a restaurant in Calgary called SobaTen that makes their own soba and serves it up fresh...this is much better than doing up the dried noodles. My favorite meal...
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    Okay, this is funny... The not-so-funny part is...

    Okay, this is funny... The not-so-funny part is that this is how a lot of real martial artists look, and sound, to non-MA people...
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    I found some on Ebay for US$30-40...in my size,...

    I found some on Ebay for US$30-40...in my size, no less! [UK 12, US 13]. Socks are a tricky thing to find tho'...this site will help. The Coolmax socks would be great for general sports use, and...
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    Kimeda was my own Sensei's original instructor in...

    Kimeda was my own Sensei's original instructor in Aikido. If I lived in T.O., that's where I'd look first....

    BTW, this is not to disparage Turner Sensei in the slightest. All I know of her is...
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    Does anybody know what Norris himself thinks of...

    Does anybody know what Norris himself thinks of all this nonsense? I'm pretty sure the man has a sense of humour [I saw him on the Tonight Show once], but does this stuff make him laugh?
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    I agree that a judogi is a good choice. What I...

    I agree that a judogi is a good choice. What I find is that most regular gi have sleeves that are too long. I currently use a good karate gi whose sleeves I had shortened by about 5 inches so my...
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    I got a nice Swiss Military watch [black leather...

    I got a nice Swiss Military watch [black leather strap, square face...my fave style] the 4th season of 24 on DVD [I haven't seen it AT ALL yet...]. As far as budo gifts go, I got a Cold Steet rubber...
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    The Golden Oriole is a nice sword if you like the...

    The Golden Oriole is a nice sword if you like the mounting and the long tsuka [handle]. The current production has the grooved blade, earlier models had a non-grooved blade that was a little...
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    This movie was merely ok. Fine if you're a fan...

    This movie was merely ok. Fine if you're a fan of what's-her-name, but otherwise, wait for cable. Don't worry, there isn't a single moment in it that isn't suitable for prime-time TV... :yawn:
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    Sorry, but since alloy-bladed iaito would be just...

    Sorry, but since alloy-bladed iaito would be just as useful for killing and injuring [and menacing] as a steel-blade, I doubt that weapon-prohibitionists would make any distinctions for them.

    If...
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    All this, but he still can't act...

    All this, but he still can't act...
  24. Hey, I know....

    Tinfoilium!!
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    Once you get your saya clean with a bit of dish...

    Once you get your saya clean with a bit of dish soap, something like Pledge spray wax for furniture leaves a nice protective coat and is much easier to clean on subsequent occasions...
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