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  1. Resources for modern tsuba for user swords

    I am looking to replace the tsuba on my shinken, but I want something a step above the offerings from Fred Lohman, Bugei & Swordstore. Does anyone know of a resource that fire the bill?

    My other...
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    Interested! How long is the blade?

    Interested! How long is the blade?
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    I got ours the same way. They were new mats used...

    I got ours the same way. They were new mats used once for a weekend karate seminar. Had them shipped to the dojo right from the seminar. I got lucky and was not charged any shipping as it was closer...
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    The mats you are talking about were probobly...

    The mats you are talking about were probobly Zebra or Swaine Judo mats. They resemble the look and feel of tatami, but are made of synthetic materials. They are great for all throwing arts, and JSA....
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    That is ridiculous, Chuck Norris knows nothing...

    That is ridiculous, Chuck Norris knows nothing about JSA. He never needed to learn becuase everyone knows he can kill a man by looking at him.
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    IMO when making an announcement for any seminar...

    IMO when making an announcement for any seminar (especially one where people will be cutting with live blades) one should give a background history on the arts studied, ranks attained & over...
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    Re: Tameshigiri Seminar in PA

    What art does Mr. Robinson teach? If my memory serves my correctly Mr. Goldberg is a teacher of MSR in the North American San Shin Kai. Does Mr. Robinson also teach MSR with in that group?
  8. Any JSA people in CT or MA using Bugei swords?

    I aplogize if this isn't the correct forum for this post, but I onl wanted responces from JSA practitioners.

    I am looking to purchase a new sword for iaido (MSR). I currently own a sword store...
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    First off, never spray anything in the saya. The...

    First off, never spray anything in the saya. The wd40 would collect dust and grit that will scratch your blade. No big deal for an iaito, but no so good for a shinken. The same thing can hapen if you...
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    Another thing to consider

    One thing that needs to be considered is that tsuka-ito not only provides grip, but it also performs a safety function as well. A properly done wrap is under great tension and will further compress...
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    Troy, I don't mean to sound rude, but with no...

    Troy,
    I don't mean to sound rude, but with no actual JSA training how do you know what makes a high quality blade?

    As for weather or not to buy an LL iaito. You only get what you pay for. The...
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    Re: Re: Re: Re: authentic MJER

    I have never heard that explination of why those kata are not done in public. I was always told it was due to what they represent.
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    I think you are being way too kind

    I think you are being way too kind
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    Bruce, As an MSR guy, there is just much wrong...

    Bruce,
    As an MSR guy, there is just much wrong with those performances of that I don't know where to start. Come to think of it, I am not going to bother. Just too many things!

    However, more...
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    Re: Re: Several kata in quick succession

    I have always been taught that you are suposed to perform HayaNuki at demonstrations. And if you are going to break with tradition and perform that set during a demonstration, you should atleast...
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    My teacher actually requires new students...

    My teacher actually requires new students purchase a fairly high end (meaning expensive) iaito. This serves a couple purposes

    1. Ensures that the students all have good quality/safe equiptment
    ...
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    I am not sure I understand your question. As...

    I am not sure I understand your question.

    As for maintanance, you should check with your sensei. However, most people that use iaito do the following when they clean their iaito.

    Wipe down...
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    Unless fittings such as the tsuba and seppa...

    Unless fittings such as the tsuba and seppa become loose and require tweaking, I would not break down your iaito. If things become loose in the first year I would send the iaito back to Tozando to be...
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    I train at Westside Aikido in West Springfield...

    I train at Westside Aikido in West Springfield MA. Most people think the school is primarily aikido, and don't realize that sensei is also 6th dan in MSR. Then again, sensei likes to keep the iaido...
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    The only correct answer to your question is to...

    The only correct answer to your question is to ask your sensei, and that pretty much goes for any equiptment you will ever purchase for your JSA training. I see that you have already purchased your...
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    I have used supper glue many times with good...

    I have used supper glue many times with good success on an old iaito and a Paul Chen Sword that I own. Even used the stuff to fix loose ito on friends swords.

    For the past 2 years I have been...
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    Yes, it is named after the shape of the tip. I...

    Yes, it is named after the shape of the tip. I belive it translates to Iris shaped.
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    Technically speaking a Shobu-zukuri style blade...

    Technically speaking a Shobu-zukuri style blade does not have an O Kissaki. It's a Shobu style kassaki.
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    In your first post you mentioned that you were...

    In your first post you mentioned that you were looking to spend about $1000 on a new iaito. IMO, that is alot to spend on an iaito if your plan is to switch to a shinken in a few years. You can get a...
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    I have heard very mixed reviews about the stuff...

    I have heard very mixed reviews about the stuff from nine-circles. From many of the online reviews I have read, it seems that many people from the UK buy from nine-circles simply to avoid an import...
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