Speaking of foot calluses, the members of our dojo hate it when they resurface the floor. Generally the wood is worn smooth from all the foot traffic but when they refinish it, the final coating takes off your hard earned calluses.
The famed Noma Dojo (the old one) had not had it's floor refinished in many years. Our sensei who trained there many times, said that the knots stood out from the wood grain because of the countless feet that had strode the floor during its existence.
Speaking of Noma, here's a video on what was the epicenter of kendo for over half a century.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@...> wrote:
> Ii dono!
> Greetings from Solveig!
> > JapIt's just... wrong. There are a multitude of
> > different (and some far out) traditional, fully legitimate koryu out
> > there--why bother inventing something new.
> Money! There are plenty of fake forms out there with fake traditions.
> Take a look at the ages of some of those purported 7 dan XMA masters.
> They typically operate large dojos with fancy uniforms, lots of
> belts, and lots of promotions. Ogami shugo once pointed out that both
> the teachers and students at such establishments also typically have
> soft hands. This is not so much a problem for kendoka where you
> should look at the bottoms of their feet, but it is a problem for a
> lot of forms which use the body as a weapon.
> Your Humble Servant
> Solveig Throndardottir
> Amateur Scholar