View Full Version : Position of Arms after strike
8th July 2005, 04:18 AM
The way I was taught that after strike, don't raise your arm higher. They should be level with the shoulder. One time, I rose my arm a bit and almost got knock off my feet from my Sensei, and I know now the reason to keep the arms level.
Now go ahead and watch all Kendo video, and in the reality, most people, include Hachidan Sensei, All Japan Champion, World Champion, and you see that their arms actually are high up after strike. There must be a reason for that. Is that to show the readiness for the next strike or just a bad habit? Why is it different than what been taught?
8th July 2005, 04:42 AM
I would say it is just a natural reaction - shinai bounces back causing your arms to move up...
8th July 2005, 07:39 AM
Perhaps a display of zanshin?
8th July 2005, 12:41 PM
You've touched a gray area there mate. One of my sensei keeps asking me to make sure that I don't raise my arms up high, especially after men cuts. After watching kendo videos, I keep getting conflicting messages. Keeping the arms up allow me to turn quicker after the cut.
9th July 2005, 03:24 AM
mmm my sensei yells at me if I lower my shinai after a men, "KEEP IT UP HIGH!" that's what he yells every time I lower my shinai *shrugs*
9th July 2005, 03:31 AM
Yup, seen it too. I'm told to keep my arms about horizontal but in almost every video I've seen people cut men and then immediately go to jyoudan and run through.
So I have no clue really.
9th July 2005, 05:05 AM
Yeah, this is a bit of grey area...I know that smaller people do tend to raise their arms more after hitting larger opponents just because of height differences. Then there is what I see in shiai, where the person tries to tell the judges "See, I got that one!" Being close to 6 ft tall, I'm always getting told to keep my arms level after my cut, and actually get it done now and then ;) It's also what I tell all our students when we are doing men-uchi.
I guess it's possible that its a reaction of the body versus what we know is correct. dunno *shrug*
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