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    Its about time people got some sense into them...

    Its about time people got some sense into them and realised that the weapon has very little influence on who wins the fight... ability and attitude are the main factors. Its very reminiscent of the...
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    I would also try Meirin, although pricey they are...

    I would also try Meirin, although pricey they are quite nicely done. I am not keen though on buying swords on the internet as you cannot get a feel of the balance etc... pictures can also be...
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    That is the risk you run with competitions,...

    That is the risk you run with competitions, rather than sticking to seminars and training sessions.... I see it in JSA, where 'modern iai' is slowly moving ideas into the older traditions.
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    I am not thinking of limits but 'grading' people...

    I am not thinking of limits but 'grading' people into their correct category of junior,middle,and senior ability. Sort of like a football league table. There is no point in matching a senior teacher...
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    quite a good idea. As a pre-qualifier, would you...

    quite a good idea. As a pre-qualifier, would you also like to have newbies to competitions 'graded' before you throw them into a tournament? I am thinking of a skill level related 'test' to help you...
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    I got a bit caught out with meirin... because I...

    I got a bit caught out with meirin... because I took one size larger than their stock, it was a 'custom order'. I paid up for my name and dojo, and they put it in the post. taxman slammed me, and...
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    I used to make model tanks etc as a young lad,and...

    I used to make model tanks etc as a young lad,and there was a local model making club which used to have odd talks on all sorts of stuff. One night the guy from the local museum turned up with a load...
  8. Sticky: Iwata sensei once told me that Yamamoto Takuji...

    Iwata sensei once told me that Yamamoto Takuji sensei would do four cuts, each gradually getting more shallow, along a tatami mat. he would then go back up the mat cutting to the same depth in the...
  9. Most recent thing.... realising how much we rely...

    Most recent thing.... realising how much we rely on the achilles tendon to launch from... just damaged mine and can't even cut properly any more, and can only JUST manage nukitsuke.
    I always kept...
  10. this move reminds me of the second kendo kata,...

    this move reminds me of the second kendo kata, where the 'attacker' cuts to the wrist, you see it coming so slide back, dropping the hands slightly out of the way so he thinks he can still hit as you...
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    you could always try the 'iron on t-shirt' stuff...

    you could always try the 'iron on t-shirt' stuff if you just need it for demos.... takes a while to come off, so if you are careful they should last...
  12. for both kendo and my iaido ryu (MJER) there is...

    for both kendo and my iaido ryu (MJER) there is always semeru, a feeling of pushing/threatening, that sort of moves the body forward but you dont actually move feet etc. Ki ken tai ichi translates...
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    I agree entirely, but am not so sure you can...

    I agree entirely, but am not so sure you can reproduce the missing bits without someone trying to kill you and vice versa...

    I also think there are always some 'hidden twists' that turn what...
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    Some old arts have a few more manuals than...

    Some old arts have a few more manuals than others, so perhaps drawing conclusions from a few more books gives you a better chance. The bio-mechanics of using a sword are obviously defined/limited, as...
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    There is a Tosa saying, "if you wish to test a...

    There is a Tosa saying, "if you wish to test a new sword, attack someone with a large tsuba and very long sword".... my own sensei uses a shorter sword with small tsuba, his implication being he can...
  16. Most tameshigiri I come across is done by fairly...

    Most tameshigiri I come across is done by fairly junior guys who want to prove to themselves that they can cut... I guess a reasonable thought to have if you have never cut anything with a sword!
    I...
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    Manuals go some way to showing the 'shape' of...

    Manuals go some way to showing the 'shape' of techniques, but an important part of any tradition is the oral and 'hands on' approach of a living teacher... Most MA guys scream "find a sensei" as soon...
  18. don't forget we will want pics and trip report...

    don't forget we will want pics and trip report when you get back... especially if you blow a load of cash on something sharp...:D
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    ok it's a fair cop.... one day of it about a...

    ok it's a fair cop.... one day of it about a month ago with Pete West and Faye was my first reminder of seitei in 15 years... funny how it sort of sticks though! It turned out to be a timely...
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    'natural'...my favourite!:D I think the easiest...

    'natural'...my favourite!:D I think the easiest way to say it is the best bio mechanical, most direct from point to point, controlled/relaxed move YOU PERSONALLY can do, therefore the move will...
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    sure...The finishing point for a seitei cut is...

    sure...The finishing point for a seitei cut is always level, so you start 180 degrees away from that point, so maximum 'behind the head' must be flat, not a dropped kissaki..
    For MJER, you still...
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    As Dave said above it is about getting to a...

    As Dave said above it is about getting to a 'cutting position' as soon as you can...
    For MJER the start position is directly related to the start point of the impact point (for seitei iai it is...
  23. MJER seminar Leeds UK September 11-15th

    Two of Iwata Norikazu sensei's senior students, Nishimoto and Yabe senseis (both 7th dan ZNKR) will be teaching in Leeds at the Middleton sports centre. Cost is 80 for the first three days. Light...
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    Sticky: and another email for the collection...:D Hi, ...

    and another email for the collection...:D
    Hi,

    A few days ago I have sent to you an email with information about 2 japanese swords I have for sale. I have a temporary problem with my Yahoo...
  25. A friend of mine polishes up these for iaido when...

    A friend of mine polishes up these for iaido when they are not much use as 'collector' type blades... if you don't find it will come up to that standard and don't want to keep it, let me know and I...
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