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What bokken do you recommend for contact training?
Regarding your question, if you intend to use the bokken for contact training, we would recommend that you use bokken made from Red or White Oak. The denser and more solid the better, so White Oak is
I'm looking for an excellent Iaito, any recommendations?
Here are two fantastic Iaito: Suzaku Custom: http://www.tozandoshop.com/Tozando-SUZAKU-Custom-Workshop-Iaito-p/000-it999.htm Tozando Custom: http://www.tozandoshop.com/TOZANDO-Custom-made-Iaito-Swor
Which bokken do you recommend for contact training?
If you intend to use the bokken for contact training, we recommend using a hard and dense wood with a resistant grain. The best type of wood that is most readily available for this is Japanese White O
I'm not sure of what Hakama to choose for Aikido what do you recommend?
For hot training sessions we would recommend these synthetic Bioclean Hakama(can be used in winter too) They use natural anti-bacterial fibres to help keep them clean, dry quickly and also feature al
How do I wash Gi and Hakama ?
Hand-washing and drying in the shade is strongly recommended. If you would like to machine-wash the Gi and Hakama, please make sure to choose the gentlest cycle and use a neutral detergent. Please be
I already have an iaito, can I buy a saya only?
Yes, we provide saya also as an individual. Please let us know what kind of saya you are interested in from our website and the specifications of the Iaito you intend to use it with. We will get back
I'm using the Tozando essential basic uniform but my dojo is too hot and humid, can you recommend any lighter uniforms?
Here is a list of uniforms especially designed for hot environments: Kuh: http://www.tozandoshop.com/Sashiko-Knit-Aikido-Gi-Jacket-Pants-Set-KUH-p/set378.htm Yomogi: http://www.tozandoshop.com/T
I am looking for hakama whose bottom hem have the same length front and back.
We provide tailoring option for many of items. You can simply leave order comments of how you like to adjust. One of our sales representative will get back to you to discuss this further and if any ad
Is the "Seersucker Aikido Gi jacket" also suitbale as a Karate Gi?
We are afraid that even our lightest Aikido Gi "Seersucker Aikido Gi jacket" would be slightly thick or heavy for Karate practice. Also we recommend you to check with your dojo if there is any chance
My bokken split along the edge. Is there any way I can repair this?
First of all we recommend to keep a bokken in a cool and not severly dry or damp place. And if it is a slight split, you can just sandpaper the edge until the surface becomes smooth. However it won't
What is Bou-zashi or Bo-zashi?
Bou-zashi or Bo-zashi is the term applied to stitching which continues in a straight line. As the stitching of hand-stitched Bogu is generally done in straight lines by default, the term, Bou-zashi or
What is Naname-zashi?
Naname-zashi is the term used for stitching which is applied in a diagonal direction. It is used in several areas of Bogu construction; however, it is most commonly seen on the Mendare or a as a part
How do I wash Gi and Hakama ?
Hand-washing and drying in the shade is strongly recommended. If you would like to machine-wash the Gi and Hakama, please make sure to choose the gentlest cycle and use a neutral detergent. Please be
How should I wash my dyed hakama?
We always recommend our customers to wash their hakama by hand, as washing in the washing machine causes damage and excessive shrinkage to the fabric. The proper hand-washing technique for Hakama woul
What should I know before buying a Japanese sword?
Before deciding to buy a Japanese sword, I advise you to get familiar with the vocabulary of the Japanese swords as most of the words are in Japanese. The page on Wikipedia about the Japanese sword mo
What should I choose for my first bogu set?
For a first bogu set, we do not recommend something too fancy and too customized. With time and practice, you will know better how to move and you will understand how your body interacts with your bog
What is the proper way to remove excess dye from my hakama?
For removing the excess dye from your Hakama,there are many supposed methods, some say that you should use Salt or Vinegar, or even both. However, please note that these are only urban legends, and ho
I'm lost in the hakama ordering process, what should I do?
1) Decide the kind of hakama you're looking. for what specific martial art? what kind of training? what sort of climate? what are height, waist and gender. For exemple, for this hakama you can fin
What would be a good yet fairly priced intermediate bokuto and kodachi choice when stepping up?
For Kendo the best option is the ""Deluxe White Oak Bokken Long"" and the ""Deluxe White Oak Bokken Short"" both with Tsuba and Tsuba Dome. These are both really durable and beautifully made for iaid
What is the best way to wash the navy Edo Zashi kendo gi?
We always recommend our customers to wash their Gi by hand with cold or room temperature water, as washing in the washing machine causes damage and excessive shrinkage to the fabric. After washing