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How to iron your tenugui
Wrinkled tenugui look terrible. That's just how it is. Not only that, they become harder and harder to wear the more wrinkly they get.
Solution? Simple. Iron it!
Fill the iron with water and switch on steam function. Set heat to "cotton".
Usually there will be a deep wrinkle along each long edge. Start there.
Make sure the iron gets in and really flattens that wrinkle out.
Go right along the edge. Do the same along both edges. Don't worry about the middle for now.
Next, fold it in half.
Now iron the middle.
Fold it in half again.
...and again. Iron both sides...
Now your tenugui is done. It will be easier to wear, and it will look better when draped over your men. Ironing your tenugui is definitely sensei no waza!
This post is a not-so-subtle hint that I want all Nanseikan members to have ironed tenugui at training!
If any of you are good with your hands (or your mum or dad is!), you might like to try making this kendo dummy. I haven't made one but it looks good and the detailed plans are free to download. http://www.bestkendo.com/HowtoDummy.html b
Some more holiday reading, this time about something that I hope everyone will be doing and thinking about regularly while they are not in the dojo – suburi! This research is by a group of researchers from Keio University in Japan, led by two 7-dan kendo sensei. They looked at the best position to swing back to, and also the best position to stop the cut, whilst doing men suburi. Click here to read the article. b *Thanks to www.miamivalleykendo.org for the article