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    #16
    Josh.. Serious offer. If you were prepared to pay the shipping, I have a reasonable set of kendo armour going begging. I had several club sets used as loaners, when I shelved my dojo just before going to Iraq I made up a couple of good sets and donated the rest to people/other clubs. If you're serious about learning Kendo I'll happily give you a set, I can't promise it will fit perfectly, I'm six foot average build and weight and I'm ok with it.

    What I don't have spare is shinai (bamboo sword) but I'm sure you could pick them up at your local MA store or online.

    Let me know buddy.

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      #17
      Thanks for the offer but I will be hard pressed to find any instruction in my area. There was/is a Korean in Baton Rouge and there is a club in New Orleans but with my teaching schedule it is impossible to go train. Also I have wholesale accounts with several companies that offer kendo equipment and I have family in Japan if I need something "authentic".

      I just want a real instructor for this no bullshit half ass guy with his own method. What is crazy about all of this is that my wife was a junior state champion in Japan and refuses to teach me anything because she says she is not good enough to do so. I think some "sensei" could learn from her example.
      Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.

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        #18
        Agreed mate.

        You might be able to assist me yourself if you have relatives in Japan, I'll PM you later.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Coach Josh View Post
          I just want a real instructor for this no bullshit half ass guy with his own method. What is crazy about all of this is that my wife was a junior state champion in Japan and refuses to teach me anything because she says she is not good enough to do so. I think some "sensei" could learn from her example.
          By "junior state" do you mean she was a prefecture champion in junior high school? It's not surprising that she wouldn't want to teach - most Japanese people up to and including sandan aren't comfortable teaching kendo. Women even more so.

          At any rate if you are interested in connecting with an instructor, you will have better luck hanging out at the kendo world forums.

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            #20
            I just started kendo here in japan. I will admit that the way kendoka kiai was a bit off putting to me at first, but I am otherwise really digging it so far. I'm buying my gi and shinai in a couple of days. Any advice before taking the plunge?

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              #21
              Advice about what, your dogi? We usually recommend a natural indigo-dyed single layer keikogi and tetron (poly blend) hakama to our beginners. You won't be able to tell any difference in shinai right now, so just get a cheap one. Adult men use size 39, women 38. High school age or younger get your sensei's recommendation.

              You should consult with your sensei about which to buy - they may have a recommended shop or a dojo group buy or whatever.

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                #22
                Neil, if you wish to add to the Kendo article please let me know, I'm able to remove the edit protection so the opportunity is there if you so wish.

                Dave

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                  #23
                  Just realized I was OT answering the questions in this thread... Thanks for the offer but if I ever get motivated enough I'll probably just update the JSA FAQ which I haven't touched since 2001.

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                    #24
                    Since this is the Kendo Thread, here is a Kendo Documentrary. Also The guy on the Second part is amazing, his accomplishment leaves no excuses for others. The basics of Kendo are shown, as well as the spiritual and philosophical aspects of it.



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                      #25
                      Samurai Spirit - Kendo
                      This is the episode of Samurai Spirit about Kendo, a really great episode to watch :)



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