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Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?

Short answer: just ask. Explain your previous training to the sensei (without bragging*). He/she will make the decision. At the very least I think they would be glad to show off their skills even ...
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Japanese Short Sword Kata

First, don't drill anything you haven't been taught in person by a good teacher. You can learn a lot watching videos, but videos don't give you feedback and correction. I'm worried that you'll be ...
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Is iaido a martial art by itself? Or is it just a complement to kendo?

Iaido is roughly translated as "the way of the quick draw". You can think of it as a class of different martial arts, not a style in and of itself. The actual style will have a proper name like Muso ...
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

Disclaimer- I am not a Japanese speaker. Short Answer: Don't worry about it. Longer Answer: The suffix -jutsu means 'practice of', the suffix -do means 'study of'. I have been taught by Japanese ...
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

The difference between iaido and iaijutsu is analogous to the difference between judo and jujutsu: Iaidō derives from older Japanese martial traditions and has historically been referred to as “...
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Can Iaido help one's Aikido?

It did help me. The problem is not so much whether the art itself helps, but whether the teacher teaches it in a way that helps. More specifically, when I started out with Aikido, my first sensei ...
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Can Iaido help one's Aikido?

It will not help You will get the same problems in relaxation, centring, and breathing1 in Iaido as you get in Aikido. In addition, Iaido will confuse your Aikido weapon work unless you keep them ...
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Kendô, iaidô, jôdô, battodô, chanbara... Which one should I pick?

See if you find a dojo practicing the Nishio school of Aikido. They place a lot of focus on katana and stick fighting... https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nishio+aikido As you can see, ...
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Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?

I wouldn't say it is rude to ask, and you can always ask for an explanation for the rule. My original dojo had a similar rule (you had to be 6th kyu). The reason being, it takes a lot more effort to ...
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Kendô, iaidô, jôdô, battodô, chanbara... Which one should I pick?

Don't discount Kendo yet! The shinai was created to reduce the risk of injuries during the practice of swordsmanship. Combined with the bogu, it allows for semi-realistic combat practice. While I'll ...
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Help learning Japanese Weapon Martial Arts?

I don't practice Iaido or Kendo myself, but I will have a stab at answering this. As Iaido is often practised Solo this is perhaps one of the few styles that could be learned with minimal input ...
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Kendô, iaidô, jôdô, battodô, chanbara... Which one should I pick?

Since you are in a location (Paris) that has a plethora of dojo, I would strongly suggest you check out as many different styles as you can1. In summary, look at places and chose the one where you ...
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What are the differences between iaido and kendo?

Kendo is hitting real people with a pretend sword. Iaido is pretending to hit people with a blunt sword. Tamashigiri is really hitting pretend people with a sharp sword.
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