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A-1 Alpha Cross - 6mm Cross-stitch Bogu Set

Tozando's A-1 Alpha Cross Bogu

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Building upon the legacy of the A-1 Alpha Series
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Made with a 6mm cross-stitch for a three-dimensional fit.
List Price: $1,052.30
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Product Code: SET946

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Unhindered movement, uncompromising protection - the A-1 Alpha Cross

This is the latest iteration of our legendary A-1 Alpha bogu series - building upon its unique cut and balancing the bogu now features comprehensive cross-stitching across all its parts. Cross-stitching creates a lattice of padding that provides excellent protection as well a highly durable futon. However its greatest advantage is its ability to mold to the wearer and move with them - combined with our fit-stitch (nagazashi) method results in a bogu that matches and moves with you - so much so that you can forget you are even wearing it.

The three-dimensional fit from the cross-stitching reduces your armour's deviation from your movements - you can be truly precise without your gear holding you back. This level of performance is crucial in an art where the slightest change in position is the difference between striking and being struck yourself.

The men benefits considerably from the pliability of the futon allowing you to move your neck naturally without unnecessary strain or hindrance. The rest of the men's unique features allow you to focus solely on your keiko without distraction: obliquely cut and shorter mendare allow your shoulders to move easily whilst still deflecting strikes and concealing your intentions. The mengane is re-coloured grey on the reverse minimising itnerference with your vision and helping you maintain metsuke and focus. It comes complete with our IBB Safety Guard so you can face even inaccurate tsuki waza fearlessly.

One of the cross-stitch method's greatest advantages is how it allows the futon to absorb strikes across its surface rather than only resisting where it is struck. The network of padding created by the grid-lines of stitching means each pad is connected to its neighbours - these raised points receive the force of a blow and then move the force to the surrounding pads; dissipating the blow. The kote futon uses this feature to great affect, whilst simultaneously benefiting from a more comfortable fit and flexibility.

The hara obi for the tare also makes good use of the network of stitching - by providing a stiff and strong support for your abdomen it allows you to make good use of your tanden during breathing, a key component for vigorous taiatari and powerful techniques. furthermore the classic oblique cut of the odare presents a dignified and powerful silhouette.

This bogu is a complete package - providing excellent protection, comfort and crucially the freedom to move. It supports a positive and daring style of kendo, something all practitioners should be aiming towards. The set also features the A-1 alpha Do with its unique mune-kazari tying the whole set together. This do is light and robust, made from reinforced resin with black gloss finish - perfect for keiko, shiai and shinsa.

Take your keiko to the next level with the A-1 Alpha Cross. The set comes complete with all himo, chichikawa and a tenugui. Proudly made in Japan this bogu comes with our 3 Year Bogu Warranty and Free Shipping.
  • Futon: Shoiaizome cotton futon with 6mm Cross-stitching - superb protection and fit.
  • Kazari-gawa: lightweight Orizashi cotton - provides breathability during keiko, dries quickly afterwards.
  • Mengane: Duralumin with reverse coloured gray to minimise intereference with your vision.
  • Mendare: diagonal cross-stitch with an oblique cut around 19cm in length - optimised for free and easy shoulder movements.
  • Uchiwa: Sillead moisture-wicking synthetic velvet.
  • Kote: Yoroigata design and Tozando's specialised wrist-joint provides excellent flexibility.
  • Tare: Oblique cuts across the odare combined with the sets signature stitching allows for agile and unimpeded footwork.

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5 of 5 November 20, 2018
Reviewer: Doug Olson from Yokosuka, Japan  
Looks and feels great! Lots of compliments at practice from the senior and more knowledgeable  instructors.

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