Kenjutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on sword techniques. In contrast to Kendo, Kenjutsu is less focused on sparring and more on technique and katas. The basics of Japanese sword training explained. but all the major categories of Japanese sword training arts – Iaido, Kenjutsu and Kendo have them to some . Kenjutsu is a comprehensive study of Japanese swordsmanship having ties to the Samurai Learn About Kenjutsu Training and Techniques.

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A series of 10 Kata drills for Kendo. It is innaccurate and wrong. The strike is performed by swinging the jo in an arc over your head and down onto your opponent as you step forwards with your right foot. Exercise Shape Created with Sketch. No you don’t use the entire blade to cut with! ComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and kenjutsy agencies, and publishers.

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After all perfecting a throw such as koshi guruma may not be as helpful against a sword as gaining a competency in a much larger range of throws. SportsRec is the 1 source for all things sports! As usual if we assume that most people do not intend to attack themselves with their weapon, then the best place to be to avoid being hit by the weapon is where the attacker is. The five fighting basicz are sword held overhead, sword held to the side, middle thrust, sword pointing down and horizontal.

Japanese Sword Training Basics

The best example of a technique to do this would be yama arashi. While each school and each style does it a little differently, almost all start out with the class lined up with the most senior students at the front, to the most junior at the back facing the Sensei. These five postures are the basis for kenjutsu training and conditioning. The stances build muscle memory and motor learning, drilling the techniques into your body through repetition.


The distance is miles too close for any form of realism, the block could result in his sword being broken, the cuts are ineffective, who learns from someone like this!?!?! Step forwards with your left foot. I would love to see this guy in a class with us The cuts I go for were: Like the bowing in ceremony, but basically done in reverse. How Kendo Compares to Kenjutsu As mentioned earlier, Kenjutsu refers to “the technique or method” of the sword, whereas Kendo means “the way of the sword”.

Jul 29, 3. This is the most basic, yet fundamental Japanese sword training cut. Again, be sure not to power it with the right hand but let speed and the weight of the blade do all the work. At the same time extend both arms driving a little body weight and shoulder into the thurst.

The strategy behind thrusting is to first lure your opponent into an ill-timed strike. Circle the sword in front of you and slide the point across the opening of your sheath. Updated on April 18, Sorry, I’m writing this as I’m watching them Commence in ken no kamae, sliding your right foot back as you extend your left hand forwards and upwards, letting your right hand slide a little further towards the centre of the jo.

This is an ad network. A sword is a weapon that is usually made of metal. As mentioned earlier, Kenjutsu refers to “the technique or method” of the sword, whereas Kendo means “the way of the sword”.

Extra efforts were sustained to provide sufficient protections for the metacarpals for beginners.

Log in or Sign up. Swing back with your right hand kenjuts perform choku tsuki, sliding your feet forwards. The smaller wakizashi made a good weapon for the off hand, and such a combination was referred to as diasho meaning the long and the short. The thrusting pole-arms were tipped with tennis balls pressurized. Kendo is more amiable to practicing alone while Kenjutsu normally involves sparring with another partner, although Kenjutsu can be practiced alone and wooden or bamboo swords can be used as well.


Additionally, the easy interchange basica weapon-in-hand to a throw or disarm is not bwsics apparent in Sugawara’s Ken Tai Jo. Tum your whole body to the rear, sweeping your right foot back and round whilst swinging the jo in a sweeping strike to an imaginary opponent who is standing behind you.

The art of using a sword is an entire martial art or several in it’s own right. An expert in Kenjutsu is called a Kenjutsuka, and to rise to this level takes months, if not years, of dedicated training.

Each of the following twenty suburi should be practised carefully and with feeling. The left hand’s little finger should lie just beneath the hilt of the sword as though supporting the entire sword.

Japanese Sword Training Basics

A discussion on the principals of how to make cuts in kenjutsu. Click here to download. Ask Me a Question. One way to minimize this is to practice the casting movement holding the sword in the left hand only. It’s like laying your sword horizontaly behind your opponent’s vertical blade kenjuts position, with a pushing lunging motion. As a certified teacher of Saito Sensei’s weapons system, Goto Sensei offers instruction in all of the levels of the Iwama weapons practices.

Then as you step back to the initial stance, the sword is swung directly over the head into the target. Just to clarify, the blade can be baeics if needed during the performance of the techniques hand on the back of the blade to support it, moving the blade through your hands for noto, the semi-chiburi action of Katori Shinto Ryu etchowever it should be avoided unless required.

These should be looped through and under the obi a few times to make sure that the scabbard does not slip out from the obi. The way it’s done: These forms were formulated to study unarmored attack and defense.

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