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Posted 9/29/08 , edited 10/6/08
Please refer to the new post.

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OLD POST:

First off, we need to vote on a picture of a dojo to be our very own dojo for Samurai Academy. And then we can start with the training and everything.

So minna-san, each of you post up one dojo pic and I'll make a new poll. It could be either fictional-looking or realistic-looking.

Here's my nomination:



Much thenx to kryza by the way for the suggestion!
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Posted 9/29/08
i have some :)

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UPDATE:

So the dojo poll has been closed, and the results are 4 votes for my nomination and 2 votes for kurai_narumi's first nomination.



Let's get moving into action with our training!!!

* With the unification of Japan in the 16th century, the need for highly skilled swordsmen diminished because the country was at peace. Modern kendo is the result of ryū-ha-kenjutsu, or the academic study in the late 19th and early 20th centuries of swordsmanship pursued by the samurai class. After World War II (1939-1945), all martial arts, including kendo, were banned in Japan during the American occupation of the country, which lasted until 1952. In that same year the All-Japan Kendo Federation was founded.

* Contestants are barefoot and fight on a smooth floor. An important part of training is the use of the kiai, which is an explosive sound, a kind of controlled and personalized yell intended to inspire courage and determination in the utterer and fear in the opponent, and to upset the concentration of the opponent as a cut or thrust is made.

* A shiai (match) is normally known as a “3-point” match, lasting three to five minutes. Kendoka bow to the opponent and prepare for the shiai by placing the right foot forward with the left heel slightly raised. The shinai is raised in both hands with the tip aimed at the opponent's throat. When a blow is delivered, the attacker must yell out the type of blow in order for it to be evaluated by the judges. The first fighter to score 2 points is the winner. If a match is tied at the time limit, it is either declared a draw or continued, with the first fighter to take a point the winner.

* In modern schools, kendoka advance in rank from tenth kyū (student level) to first kyū. Shōdan (first degree, expert level) can be achieved in approximately two to three years. There are nine expert levels. No outward indication of rank is usually worn, although some federations give small colored patches to sew on the shoulders of younger kendoka. Before a practice begins, kendoka sit according to level of proficiency and face the sensei (teacher), who leads them in a moment of meditative silence (mokusō). Kendo practice is repetitive and a move must be repeated thousands of times and mastered before a new technique may be learned. The purpose of such discipline is not only to learn new skills but to build good character and a sense of harmony in the student.
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Posted 10/6/08
the tenth kyu student thanks you for your work! hehe when do the shiai start?
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Posted 10/7/08

kurai_narumi wrote:

the tenth kyu student thanks you for your work! hehe when do the shiai start?


after you do warm-up stretching and exercises w/ your sword by striking it forward several times.
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Posted 11/26/08
warming up!!!
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angel_prophecy wrote:

warming up!!!


okay, you're ready for a match. who wants to compete first w/ angel_prophecy?
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