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Aug 30, 2016
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In reply to Harald
by: Kendo-Guide.Com

Thank you for sharing your methods!

Can you tell me what you do in 4.?

4. Before placing the Men, I make sure to have either tied the tenugui very well, transpiration through the tenugui to eyes are because the tenugui is not firm to the head

So in No.4, you want to keep your tenugui dry or wet?

I want to have my tenugui a bit wet because it fits well. Of course, I make sure to wring the water from the tenugui very well.

Aug 28, 2016
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Solution to Sweat
by: Harald

Solution to Sweat

1. Before going to practice at work (office), I wash my hands, arms, face, neck with white soap, and wet the head,

2. In the dojo I repeat step 1 and wash my tenugi with water only,

3. Wring water from tenugui,

4. Before placing the Men, I make sure to have either tied the tenugui very well, transpiration through the tenugui to eyes are because the tenugui is not firm to the head

Thus solve this problem and hope the same to you

Thank you very much

Harald Welzel

Aug 02, 2010
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What about these solutions for sweat getting in your eyes
by: Anonymous

I found this discussion while I was looking for a solution to my own problem. Sweat getting into my eyes while doing any sort of exercise degrades my performance on that sports and I really wanted a solution.

Then I found a possible solution from other site, for cyclers and I thought I would also let you guys know.

The solution may not work for you guys, Kendo people, but, at least it may give you a hint.

http://coachlevi.com/cycling/keep-sweat-out-of-your-eyes/

Kendo-Guide.Com:  Thanks for sharing! Some of them could work for us too. If some of kendoists actually try any of these, let us know who it goes.

Jan 04, 2010
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Very good question!
by: philipp


Actually, this happened to me many times, too.

I think it has something to do with the tenugui.

Of course, hair wax can also be crucial.  I remember I was using tea tree oil hair wax, and when I started to sweat, you can imagine how it burned in my eyes.
However, my sensei in Japan had another method to get rid of the sweat: he would use Japanese o-hashi (chopsticks), to rub the sweat out off the eyes, and he didn't need to take his men off.    

However, if your dojo is crowed and people are doing jigeiko around you, this can be very dangerous.  

I tried it myself, and it worked very well.  

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thanks for the post.  I remember some people had some kind of stick ready in their tare bag.  I used to use my tsuba to get sweat around my eyes.    

However, I do not recommend this when you are doing jigeiko with a sensei.  It does not look elegant and also not very polite to stop jigeiko and wipe your sweat with a stick.

Oct 20, 2009
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Tenugui fix
by: Anonymous

Try your tenugui lower on your forehead to prevent sweat dripping into your eyes.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your comment. That is an option, too.

Oct 19, 2009
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Sweet Sweat)))))))))
by: Val Serezhkin

I am not sure as I am not physiologist ;-)
I have noted that sweat burnt my eyes in two cases:

1.  I was very tired and exhausted even before keiko, I mean before the entire class not only jigeiko (lack of sleep, light fever and so on). As I read in medical magazines, sweating is one of the ways our body gets rid of the toxins.  Maybe they are responsible for burning our eyes as an acid.

2.  Hair-wax, style-gel and perfume. Sometimes one of those "friends of beauty" mixed up with sweat cause an eye irritation.

P.S.  And better way to reduce the irritation is to take your men off and wash the face than playing blind Zat?ichi ;-).

Hope this helps.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Yup. These hair products. I forgot about them. I am not sure about the effect of women makeup. That may burn your eyes when sweat? If so, it may be a good idea to find some kind of sporty makeup.  Since I don't wear makeup, I am not sure about these but just trying to throw an idea.

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