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David Moles writes code for money and sometimes for fun. He also writes science fiction for fun and sometimes for money. He currently lives in California.


Nov
13
comment Is there a US-based organization supporting Iaijutsu?
On iaido vs. iaijutsu -- if you're counting Eishin Ryu as iaijutsu, then I wouldn't write off starting your search among iaido schools. Generally what I've found is that the AUSKF-affiliated iaido instructors will start off with ZNKR ("seitei") iaido and move on to a more traditional school such as Eishin Ryu as you get more advanced. And even seitei iai will teach you a lot about working with a real sword.
Nov
12
comment Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?
+1, with the caveat that the Nihon-Shiki and Kunrei-Shiki systems aren't "closer to the Japanese pronunciation", just more consistent. Hepburn is much closer to the Standard Japanese pronunciation, it just doesn't capture the underlying phonological relationships between syllables -- e.g. the T-series written ta/chi/tsu/te/to in Hepburn vs. ta/ti/tu/te/to in NS or KS. (For even more than you ever wanted to know, see the "Palatalization and affrication" section of Wikipedia's Japanese Phonology article.)