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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2001 4:45 pm 
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Well, after almost 30 years of being out of the MA on any kind of formal basis, I have stuck my foot back in the water and started an Iai-do class at the Japanese Cultural Center in Chicago.

In the first half-hour, I learned something.

Hardwood floors and my knees do NOT get along like they used to. Half-way through the class (we did 10 of the 20 kata in the style - ALL 10 of which are done from the kneeling position), Sensei looked at me and said, "Stand up. You're hurting too loud." I hadn't made a sound, verbally.

He recommended knee pads for my next class and, when the Ikkyu next to me confided that he is a Zen priest who teaches Za-Zen meditation showed me that HE was wearing pads, my embarrassment faded - somewhat.

My question? Any recommendations for the type of pads that I should use?

Like I said, I've been away for a bit and am a little out of touch with the technology.

Respectfully (and with a little embarrassment left over),

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.


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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2001 7:26 pm 
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Hi Lee,
Nice to hear from you. Myself, I have no suggestions, only that with age I have found myself using knee pads while working in the house, projects that require working while kneeling. My suggestion would be to talk to your classmates and find out what they are using and go from there. That to me would be your best source. If any one else has a better suggestion, hopefully they will respond for you here. Good luck,,both with the pads and your training.
Bill


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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2001 8:37 pm 
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Why not use the knee pads gardners use? Inexpensive and practical. Plus, they are available in most discount stores.

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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2001 10:52 pm 
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Mattson-Shihan,

Thank you and Bill, too for your kind and rapid replies. I will look into them this week.

Respectfully,

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gmattson:
Why not use the knee pads gardners use? Inexpensive and practical. Plus, they are available in most discount stores.

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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2001 9:18 pm 
Hello Lee.

Many years of attending Sunday mass have toughened my knees for hard-floor kneeling rendering pads unnecessary;

Hope this helps. Image

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2001 12:40 am 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Allen M.:

Many years of attending Sunday mass have toughened my knees for hard-floor kneeling rendering pads unnecessary.
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Hooboy, Allen;

Have you got the wrong vampire here...
Image

Suffice it that Lee is not a Roman Catholic.

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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2001 2:41 am 
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Hello,
Lee, might I ask what style of Iaido you do?
My Iaido Sensei and I both find that gardening knee pads usually do the trick, I definitely agree with Mattson Sensei.
Seiza/Za Zen can be pretty painful at first as I'm sure you discovered. Just wait till you get to Tate hiza, Now that is uncomfortable! Image
Best of luck in Iaido.

David


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 Post subject: Knees and Wooden Floors
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2001 10:36 am 
<center> Image Well, student, at least I wasn't preaching to the choir. Image </center>

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2001 12:21 pm 
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Ooooh!

I like the angels!

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