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    Welcome

    Have 'unstuck' some of our stickies. Nothing deleted or archived, just turned loose, still searchable. Site has been very quiet, folks moving to other venues. That's ok, but feel free to point your fellow swordsmen to wherever. For example, come check out our dojo page over on Facebook, KenKonKai dojo. So, let's relax a bit here, try to not scare away the new folks. Any honest question about Japanese swordsmanship technique, practice, philosophy etc., is welcome. And we won't jump on tangental or off the wall stuff. Yes, very often the normal answer will be 'ask sensei', and some long-termers may get upset when they see the same questions repeated. But it is a journey of discovery for all of us, and there are always new people learning, so old questions are new again. New eyes are very important in getting us to look at ourselves, where we are, what we are doing. So ask away. Have fun. Breathe. Of course, some things within some arts are not really subject to discussion, but it still would be good to see more activity and discussion here. When in doubt, you can always ask the mod. (oh wait, that's me. )

    Dave
    Last edited by Dave Drawdy; 11-25-2013 at 11:26 AM.
    Dave Drawdy
    "the artist formerly known as Sergeant Major"

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    how about starting an 'ask sensei' sticky??
    mark@swordforum.com

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    Hi, Mark,
    on the surface, a very good idea. In practice, a little tricky. Who would be the sensei? One size does not fit all, one person could not authoritatively answer as 'sensei' for all or even most arts. Lots of this stuff is very art-specific, which is often frustrating. Second, minor issue, is that 'sensei' is not a title properly appended to a name by the person. I would never sign something as 'sensei' whomever. It is an honorific, appended to a name as a sign of respect, or recognition of seniority, by someone else. I can be mod, or maybe forum-cho .
    On the other hand, several sensei from various arts do come by here occasionally. They are always welcome to share their thoughts, guidance, experience, either in response to a question or randomly. Diane used to have a budo word of the day or something. Would be nice to have folks support that.

    dave
    Dave
    Dave Drawdy
    "the artist formerly known as Sergeant Major"

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