By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 12本目 —  dō no zangeki ni taishi kurikomi makiotoshi mengeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut dō. ⇒ From chūdan step back, pulling your naginata in, and block the dō cut with the shinogi. Immediately perform a makiotoshi, then rotate the ishizuki and strike men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 4th grade.Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 11本目 —  men no zangeki ni taishi makiotoshi kote no mengeki Guidelines: From hassō attack and cut men. ⇒ From chūdan step back, perform a makiotoshi and cut kote. Immediately control the right side, rotate the ishizuki and strike men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 3rd grade. — “Control the right side” (migi ni seisuru): close the gap so no strike can come to your right side anymore.  Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 10本目 — men no zangeki ni taishi ōjikaeshi kesa-giri Guidelines: From hassō attack and cut men. ⇒ From chūdan step back diagonally to the right, and block the cut in jōdan with the shinogi. Then perform ōjikaeshi and cut kesa. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 3rd grade. — This pattern is close to the final move of kata No. 6 in modern naginata (uke-nagashi men).  Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 9本目 — tsuki ni taishi nayashi-ire-zuki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and thrust to nodo. ⇒ From chūdan step back to “exhaust” (nayashi) the opponent’s thrust, then close the gap (irimi) and thrust to nodo. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 3rd grade. — The concept of “nayashi” is studied in modern naginata through kata No. 1, where one exhausts his opponent’s tsuki and then performs a makiotoshi. Here in the MSK, instead of a makiotoshi, the defender “enters” in his opponent’s centreline (or “enters” the opponent’s waza) and thrusts. This is a basic principleRead More →