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    Quote Originally Posted by Gespacho View Post
    Sounds like you have a good instructor too, and that you kept up with your training. That's the hardest part for me. Some days I just don't want to practice at all. We do try to do demonstrations from time to time, though. My favorites are the weapons demos. All we've done so far on stage are a few different demos for staffs. Spears, swords, and knives present their own difficulties on stage. Someone is going to get stabbed...
    For Aikido, yeah, I have some really great instructors and the whole dojo is awesome, we've got some ludicrous number of black belts around so there are at least half a dozen who teach regular weekly classes and half a dozen more who will take over should someone not be able to teach their class. In Aikido we tend to do all our weapons work with jo, tanto and boken, so you might split some knuckles (I have) or get some bruises but usually nobody has to go to hospital if someone screws up, you're more likely to injure something if someone screws up a barehanded throw...

    In European broadblade, we wear helms and armour and use padded weapons except for demos, and we don't generally spar full speed with the metal blades when we do bring them out, so we get some really spectacular bruises but so far nobody's had to go to hospital from that class either. So far.



    Quote Originally Posted by Gespacho View Post
    I was shopping for a kilt a while back. Those things are expensive as hell! I think I might just go to the antique shops downtown and buy an old uniform. Kilts are often part of the uniform, and they're usually well insulated. Living in Alberta I like anything that's warm.
    Real tartan kilt? Yeah, not cheap, we looked at that for one of our groomsmen at our wedding, but he opted instead for a good blazer, figured he'd get more use out of that... I totally want to get one of those utilikilts myself though. I don't mind wearing skirts but I needs me my pocketses!
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmclean View Post
    As a younger man I would never have thought of wearing a kilt. Now that I'm not quite so young I think it would be so cool. My grandfather wore a kilt and played the bagpipes in the town parade. Never got to see him, as he died when I was rather young.

    I wish I could find my true clan plaid.
    Just don't do the mistake of wearing underwear under it.

    Kind of cool to think of that the term "going commando" is from the Scottish commandos simply refused to wear underwear
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiwas View Post
    Kind of cool to think of that the term "going commando" is from the Scottish commandos simply refused to wear underwear
    I didn't know that!
    Thanks for that bit of history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlchemist View Post
    I didn't know that!
    Thanks for that bit of history.
    Going commando is the practice of not wearing underwear under one's outer clothing. The term is theorised to be related to the much earlier term "going regimental", which refers to wearing the kilt military style, that is, without underwear. (see True Scotsman)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_commando

    I don't remember where I first saw it, but this confirms it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiwas View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_commando

    I don't remember where I first saw it, but this confirms it
    Ahem...
    Again I am amused...
    That a post such as this might be found on a thread that is titled such as this...
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    Ahhh... such mental imagery that this invokes....
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    I wouldn't try that in Olso, it might get a little chilly on the plumbing.
    Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

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    Not for long, as your "outie" becomes an "innie"...

    ...and if/when I should obtain my utilikilt, I shall not be going regimental. I am WAY too likely to flash something inappropriate when wearing something that short, I am not a good wearer of skirts at the best of times, nevermind when it's gear you should be able to be active in... wore a short black leather skirt to university once and made the mistake of sitting in an old comfy saggy sofa... had to be reminded by a friend that perhaps the flowered undies hadn't been my best wardrobe choice that day...

    And during my Iaido class today, my sensei put his shinken (sharp practice sword) through his saia (sheath)... always funny when you're using a metal iaito and your instructor has a wooden boken...
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevette Girl View Post
    And during my Iaido class today, my sensei put his shinken () through his saia ()... always funny when you're using a metal iaito and your instructor has a wooden boken...
    I fixed that up for you. Now it's a lot more interesting reading for those of us without a clue what those things are. I have a pretty good mental image of it, though, and I'm disgusted that you'd write something like that!

    hehe
    Please excuse me for asking lots of question. It's really your fault! Because you're an awesome group of people too willing to answer questions, I just find more thing I wonder about as I learn more. So, sorry for that

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    If and when I get a kilt I'll have to avoid going regimental myself. I already embarrass my fiance enough in public and the temptation might be too great. With or without a kilt, though, I'm really looking foreward to training outside again. I just can't do much weapons training in the winter, as I live in a 2 bedroom apartment, and I've already had to replace one light fixture that had an unfortunate accident. We've had a longer winter than usual this year and I need to get outside just as soon as it stops snowing.

    And you're right Tiwas, that actually does sound kind of disturbing...
    Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

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    I'd love to have a good kilt, I'm red-enough to pull it off even though I'm not actually the ethnicity for it (close though). I want a black and grey one though, since I don't have a family tartan I get to pick whatever I want!
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    My son's is the US Marine tartan, although since he's Irish and his last name is part of clan McCian. I guess he could wear one of their tartans.

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    If I went for a tartan it'd be the Stewart. As opposed to Stuart. Paternal grandmother was a British Isles mix...
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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