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10-12-2011, 07:22 AM
OK, so I have put myself in a pretty bad position.
I do Aikido about 30 minutes from where I live, for around $45 a month and enjoy every moment of it.


I have seen videos, demonstrations, and tournaments with Kendo, and can't help but want to do that.
I discovered today that there is a Kendo (dojo?) about 10 minutes from my home, for around $80 a month.

I'm pulled towards both, a little more towards Aikido.
What are your thoughts? Any of you been in the same situation?

Janet Rosen
10-12-2011, 08:08 AM
Every day some variation because it's always the same issue: finite time and money vs commitments/interests/desires.

So it might be aikido vs another martial art, aikido vs a foreign language class, tomorrow's class versus that great concert, or a meal in your stomach versus the meds the doctor ordered....life is an accretion of sometimes conflicting issues, in some combination of internal and external pressures, and the only "answer" is the one that speaks truest to you.

10-12-2011, 09:00 AM
Since I have never done Kendo...and the teacher of the Kendo class is not very friendly, I will stay with Aikido.

Just gotta convine a teacher to use Jo techniques one day.
I wanna learn that 13 Count Kata

Richard Stevens
10-12-2011, 09:16 AM
Jesse, there are plenty of videos available of the jo and bokken kata. That may be a good source for solo training. Develop a rough understanding of the movements and then have your instructor help you refine them.

10-13-2011, 02:14 PM
just recovered (somewhat) from the weapon and randori taught by Ledyard Sensei in Clemson, SC. at one point we put on protective helmet and big gloves, armed with shinai and went at each other full speed and power. i have new appreciation for those kendo guys. new enlightenment came about at full speed and power. very narrow error margin. complicate movements, ain't going to happen. no time for that, especially the other bugger tried his/her best to kill you.

now for those who are planning to attend such future seminars, don't get the lacrosse gloves. they don't have the padded protection for the top edge of your index fingers and thumbs where the tsuba supposed to be (bujin shinai has no tsuba). your truly didn't realized that fact until much afterward when i took the gloves off and got a couple nice bruises. didn't feel it at the time because i was on adrenaline high. recommend to use the hockey gloves which have that extra protection for the index fingers and thumbs. also, forearm and elbow pads would be nice too. got a couple of nice bruises there as well. maybe i should post this under the "why no tsuba" thread. sometimes, you need to go full throttle to experience interesting stuffs.

10-13-2011, 06:42 PM
Kendo is such a fascinating thing to watch, as is watching some (Shihans?) #Dans doing their thing.

I believe it was those videos that drove me to try Aikido, and the principals of it that caused me to stick with it.

10-14-2011, 08:00 AM
Isn't Aikido basically just Kendo without the shinai?

10-14-2011, 04:55 PM
I'd disagree, considering that aikido focuuses (what seems like) mostly unarmed techniques, where kendo focuses on the many ways to attack with a bokken (foil?)