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Old 02-28-2008, 08:38 PM   #7
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,242
Re: Traditional Japanese Dojo Name Shingles

We use red pine lathing material for the individual nafuda and cut it to six inch lengths. Most "big box" home improvement stores will have it in stock at a reasonable price. Each name plate is thus two by six and one of our yudansha writes the name in English with a Sharpie brand marking pen. They look very good and clean as he is quite an artist. A good sign shop can probably print them out on an adhesive backed vinyl as well and they will look as if they were done by a professional sign painter. If a yudansha achieved his dan ranking at our dojo, his name remains on the board permanently. Mudansha names are removed if the individual quits, moves, dies, or otherwise leaves. As an individual is promoted, part of the "ceremony" is moving his own nafuda to the proper place.

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