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Very common problem on tare. Yes, I think you found a good solution to wear it at the right place to start with, which is to wear at the waist. I do the same as this is where it ends up with. I discussed about this issue in depth with Imai sensei on the magazine vol.1.
As for the hair, I recommend long hair is put in a bun (at ideally low position so it doesn’t stick out of men or loose fit in it) so it will not get tangled up with men-himo or the red/white ribbons.
Hope it’s of some help.
This is alarming – a total 77.5% people answered yes, combining yes experienced and yes experienced and witnessed and of which about half said that they had not overcome the experience. Would this figure echo in the workplace environment? Other sports? Or could kendo possibly attract more discriminative events? And is the current procedure for such events adequate? To speak about it is the first step and I hope more people reach out for help and are helped. Surely some more serious than other events but where the experience involves H&S it should not be tolerated. Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts. This is possibly the tip of the iceberg and yet this is not a proper survey study in that there isn’t enough number of people answered the question and the geographical location is random. I can only refer to Independent Newspaper reporting more than 25% of UK workers experienced discrimination at work in 2018 More than 25% of UK workers say they have experienced workplace discrimination, survey claims | The Independent | The Independent
SMEloans also reports a ‘significant’ 26% of all workers in the UK polled felt they had previously been discriminated against on the grounds of their gender at work, according to survey in 2019. “Gender Discrimination In The Workplace Statistics 2021 (UK) (smeloans.co.uk)“
These countries that are not affected and where people are carrying on with normal practice at their dojo are Australia and Taiwan – not surprised! I believe it is also the attitude of their government dealing with the pandemic. It is encouraging to learn that so many people are continuing to train, and making effort to train during these difficult times. And even trying to hold events – especially for children. There are risks but then compare with the pros some organisations are making decision to go ahead. I admire such actions by the organisers and their governing body. I heard recently that Kanagawa Dojo Renmei held children’s kendo taikai, in Feb 2021. I am sure they will remember the event all their life. For us ‘Patience, patience and patience…’ to follow the government’s policy and hold it for a little longer. I am sure we will be able to train normal, soon! We will just need to remember kendo movements and how it feels, as well as maintain the fitness level as much as we can.
Thank you for your comments and insight on this topic. It is much appreciated. I am quickly replying to you on the term ‘gracefully’ as it was me translating this term and decided to use this possibly a problematic word – I did expect some problem from the readers exactly the way as you observed. Therefore I understand what you are saying completely. And understandably this term can be wrongly received by women, in the exact context that you pointed out. However although some, and possibly many men expect and wish to see this ‘graceful’ element from women practising kendo, those include Sumi sensei who are high level teachers, don’t at all speak of the word in the way you thought might contain. Like in the simplicity that we all (both men and women) seek in the techniques, ‘beauty’ often is found in its simplicity. And this type of beauty cannot be achieved without one’s determination to strive in the art, with blood and sweat, often tears etc – if this makes sense. The gracefulness that he refers to, is this kind. He himself is never soft on women in teaching or in practice. This doesn’t mean being brutal. And he has taught many female students of all ages, in many countries. Having known him for about 20 years, I have seen and experienced myself. So again, I apologise for uncomfortable feeling this term may have brought to you but please understand that we as the creator of this magazine do not tolerate such mis-concept and prejudice that women are expected to be just pretty without being serious about the arts.