Tankendo no Kata — Yonhon-me

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tankendo no kata

By baptiste Tavernier

Note: When this article was first published in Kendo World, the kata known nowadays as Sanbon-me – Kote Uchi had not been created yet. What is now Yonhon-me and described below was then consequently kata n°3 (the Tankendo no Kata had thus in those days 7 series only).

Yonhon-me: nodo no haraizuki – go no sen

Both uchikata and shikata assume chūdan-no-kamae. Starting from the front foot, they take three big steps forward.

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As soon as they enter into the maai for attack, uchikata takes the initiative and thrusts to shikata’s nodo. However, while evading to the right, shikata performs a uchi-harai onto uchikata‘s tanken, and thrusts immediately at uchikata’s nodo.

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While taking a big step backwards, shikata pulls his tanken back strongly, and immediately shows zanshin by taking a small step forward keeping the kissaki pointed at uchikata. Uchikata and shikata go back to chūdan-no-kamae. They disengage their weapons to close the kata, and from the rear foot, both take five small steps and return to the original starting position.

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