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  1. #31
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    Mar 2011
    Western WA
    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkface View Post
    You animal.
    ok, good one. Well done.

    Brent Yamamoto
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  3. #33
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    Aug 2014
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Yamamoto View Post
    Agreed on the bokken practice. But I assume that's what they will start you with.

    I tend to overdo things when I pick up a new interest. For reasons, in 2020 I really hit the gas on sword work. I was doing work virtually every's easy to overdo something when you love it. My forearms don't get much rest anyway, and daily sword work did its toll. So just train smart and take it slow at first.

    That said, anything you can do to increase grip and forearm strength and endurance is a good thing. And not just on the simple angles like wrist curls. Pick up a hammer or similar and work every angle you can think of. Indian Club exercises are also excellent for sword.

    And though Japanese systems all work the katana as a right handed weapon, I see value in training the left side as well.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
    Practice with one of these:


    When you use it one handed, you've got something.

    (But cold chisel hammers and mallets work the forearms too.)
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  4. #34
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Central Texas
    Quote Originally Posted by Trench View Post
    Practice with one of these:


    When you use it one handed, you've got something.

    (But cold chisel hammers and mallets work the forearms too.)
    I would hate to get hit with this.
    2 Samuel 22; Psalm 139:21-22

  5. #35
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    Mar 2019
    As mentioned - a good training tool- hand eye work, translates to knife work obviously . Fun, exercise and historical interest. Always been a practitioner of Philippines martial arts. Always a student of the knife but during WhuFlu madness I started studying various swords in various times in history .and that lead to buying swords that were representatives of what my people and my wife’s people
    Would have used in centuries past. Every enjoyable and learned a lot so far. My German Grosse Messer sword is in route now!

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