Me with my shinai and full kendo armor
Originally uploaded by Jason In Japan.
Yes, that's me under the helmet. Doing my best Obi-Wan Kenobi impression at night time kendo practice last Thursday night.
My debut in the full attire. I mostly sparred against Hitoshi, cuz he speaks English well enough to tell me what to do, but I worked out with the team as well. I was EXHAUSTED when I got home - all that stuff is heavy!
A "shinai" is the sword; the stomach protector is called a "do" (pronounced dough); the pants are called hakame; the special shirt is called a doge; the helmet/face protector is called "man"; and the gloves are called "kotei."
This week i got all the different procedures down, so now i can dress and undress myself - lots of knots and even an order that everything goes on and comes off.