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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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Are foot sweeps legal in kendo competition?

I have not found an authoritative set of rules for Kendo (odd, to me, but maybe I'm using the wrong search terms) other than this brief set that mention no tripping or shoving opponents out of bounds, ...
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Kendo techniques

The position you're referring to is the most common used starting position ("kamae") for kendokas. It is absolutely not passive, as all attacks can be done from this position. Standing in the ...
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kumitachi, hasso-no-kamae, and hand positions

I couldn't find a reference for aikiken, but for aikijo Saito sensei shows the hasso no kame with the jo behind his head as can be seen in this from one of his books. If we assume the stance is the ...
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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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Are foot sweeps legal in kendo competition?

Just to add some sources: I can't find a freely accessible copy of the FIK's Regulations Of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan, but it appears most local rulesets based off of this1 2 3 prohibit foot sweeps (...
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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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Is this lightsaber body-turning move in Star Wars from Kenjutsu?

Here's the thing about real sword fights, Spinning and acrobatic tricks are largely useless because they waste energy. At 13:09 Dooku was using a divert blade maneuver then spin, to place a blade tip ...
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Does Kendo include disemboweling techniques?

The straigt answer is : no, there are no disembowelling techniques in Kendo. Today's Kendo is detached from its original martial purpose (which is nodawady found partially in the Kenju-tsu practice). ...
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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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What is a good training scheme for kendo?

If you cannot get to a teacher, do HIIT for the legs; for the hands, practice by slicing veggies (hard and soft ones) mindfully. Understand the cutting motion and study it. If you can or have one ...

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