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My New Kote and Shinai
Although I cannot write about tonight's training, there is another thing I would like to write about. My new kote and shinai have arrived from Koei Budogu!
1.2bu 武聖 (#06-370)
As shown above, this is my new 1.2bu 武聖 kote from Koei Budogu.
I have tried the kote on and it is really comfortable. The wrist part of the kote allows me to rotate the shinai freely. The forearm section of the kote is so nicely and tightly stitched that I don't have to worry about receiving kote blows from hard-hitters. The knuckle parts are full of soft padding it feels so nice and safe.
I am looking forward to putting the new pair of kote on.
Above is a comparison of my new pair of kote from Koei Budogu (top), and my first and existing pair of 1.2bu kote from Tozando (below).
I will use both kote interchangeably from now on, so that both pairs of kote are given time to air and dry.
Kyoto Matake Shinai (Large-handle style) - 京都真竹(柄太型)
I have purchased two Kyoto matake shinai of the large-handle style as well. The first time I took a grip on the handle, my gosh, it was huge! Each of the four bamboo slats were super-sized. They were so thick.
I trained with the new shinai last Saturday. At first, the large grip felt pretty weird. However, after some time it felt really good. The balance was spot on. Also, using this shinai to cut kote was absolutely beautiful. It got the most wonderful, nice PAMMMM sound on the kote I have made!! Such music to the ears. Due to the size and thickness of the shinai, my men cuts also became very powerful. No more light and if-or-but men-ari. If my shinai landed on the men, you could see and hear that the cut made were definitely of ippon-quality.
Top: My favourite shinai used only at shiai. I first used it at the 2003 NSW State Championships and it won me my first podium position in a state Kendo event. It is still serving me extremely well at the moment. It got the best weight and balance.
Middle: My new Kyoto matake shinai. Excellent weight and balance. Note the huge slat and handle.
Bottom: Just another shinai I used at training. Nothing really special about it.