By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 8本目 —  hidari-men no zangeki ni taishi makiotoshi-zuki Guidelines: From hassō attack and cut hidari-men. ⇒ From hidari-gedan step back and perform a makiotoshi, then thrust to nodo. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 3rd grade. — As stated by Sakakida Yaeko: “In the guidelines, there is a pattern where one performs a makiotoshi on an incoming hidari-men cut, and finishes off with tsuki. This technique starts from gedan, so it is the largest makiotoshi of the whole series. Consequently, this has an impact on the ensuing tsuki: because the makiotoshi is extremelyRead More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 7本目 — dō no renzoku zangeki ni taishi nuki hidari-men zangeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut hidari-dō. ⇒ From hassō step back and block the cut with the shinogi in hidari-kamae. Then attack and cut migi-dō. ⇒ Step back with the right foot and avoid the cut in migi-waki fashion, but with the ishizuki raised higher than usual. Then cut hidari-men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — This pattern has become shikake-ōji No. 8. The only difference with the modern version resides in the last cut, which, in theRead More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 6本目 — sune no zangeki ni taishi ōjikaeshi sune zangeki Guidelines: From hassō attack and cut sune. ⇒ From hidari-chūdan step back and block the sune cut in hidari-gedan posture. Then perform an ōjikaeshi rotating to the right in order to cut sune. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — ōjikaeshi refers to a block followed immediately by a counter strike. It also implies the idea of an uke-nagashi; therefore, in this pattern, the defender should use the momentum given by the sune strike in order to perform his ōjikaeshi-sune.Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014.   5本目 — dō no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut dō. ⇒ From waki step back to avoid the dō cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — The last sequence of Shikake-ōji No. 8 ressembles this pattern.  Read More →