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02 March 2005 @ 05:36 pm
Kendo notes  
Strikes: men, kote, do
Pivot right hand more for better extension.
Bow 30° to shomen
Bow 15° to each other; maintain eye contact.
Transfer bokken to left hand; thumb on tsuba
3 steps forward (RLR), draw, sonkyu, stand in kamae. Bokken tips should cross.
Lower/turn sword until tip is in front of R knee. 5 small steps back (LRLRL).
Raise bokken back up to kamae
3 steps forward (RLR). Tips should cross.
Step (L). Raise to upper kamae.Raise to upper kamae
Step forward. Men-strike with follow through to leg-level (miss).Step back (quick LR) to avoid strike.
Stand there without flinching.Step in (RL), men-strike.
Adjust backBring bokken down to kamae
StandStep in (L), bringing bokken to upper kamae
Step back, adjust to kamae
Shift forward (RL). Thrust at torso with bokken tip.Shift back (LR). Parry to left with back of bokken.
Shift back (LR). Parry to left.Shift forward. Kote
Shift back (LR). Parry to right.Step forward. Kote.
Shift forward. Men.Shift back and slightly to left (LR). Bring bokken under attacker's
Shift in (RL). Large, flagrant kote.
Somehow, get back to kamae
Somehow, get back to kamae. Sonky, replace bokken in left hand. Back up 5 steps (LRLRL), bow to each other, shomen.
Footnote: yes, my terminology sucks. It will improve. I'm also sure I got some of this wrong - it just doesn't FEEL quite right.
(Anonymous) on March 5th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
kata notes...
sounds strangely familiar, and like you are enjoying the challenge. I mailed you something about Shihan today
Andrew Parkerzaphod42 on March 23rd, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
Kata 1:
After the nuki men from the student the teacher needs to move back just slightly. The reason for moving back though is pressure from the student. When the student moves his bokken down, though, it is not back to kamae, but to a point that is pointing right between the teachers eyes. This pressures the teacher back again and in response the student moves quickly back up into left jodan (upper kamae with the left foot forward). The feeling at the end there is that the student is not going to give the teacher the opportunity to do anything.

You have kata 2 and 3 backwards, but I'll give comments as you have them numbered.

Kata 2: (this one is pretty hard to get right. The stepping and quick actions get most people screwed up for a while)
After the initial stab from the teacher the student replies in kind, but doesn't actually strike the teacher. Instead the student is taking control of the center. The teacher then drops his bokken slightly and tries to knock the student's out of the center (drop down, snap up). This is repeated one more time and then the teacher is driven back with the student persuing. As the student is persuing he raises his bokken up to point between the eyes of the teacher (the student's tip should be about 1 inch from the teacher's face).

Kata 3:
Teacher strikes kote. Student drops his hands and brings the tip of his bokken down to point at about the level of the teacher's knees. This should be done at the last instant (you don't want to signal to the teacher too soon that he is going to miss or he may change his strike before he is committed). The student steps back and to the left very slightly, raises up and executes a large kote strike. The student's bokken should be pointed right at the teacher's solar plexus when this is done. You get back to chudan no kamae by the teacher dropping his bokken slightly to allow the student to pass over. The teacher steps back a little and the student steps to the right.

Some tips:

  • This is all about a duel, but also about teaching. The teacher will always loose, the student will always win.

  • Remember to keep the pressure on the other person. If one person starts being lax about it or doesn't try to actually perform some of the techniques then it won't work.

  • Great tip to remember the order of the first 3:

    1. Kill (the student kills the teacher by splitting his head open) (done from jodan)

    2. Maim (the student cuts off the hand of the teacher) (done from chudan)

    3. Nothing (the student does not touch the teacher, but defeats him by controlling) (done from gedan)