This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Tankendo no kata

By baptiste Tavernier   The Tankendo-no-kata’s ultimate purpose is to impart the essence of tankendo. The forms combine the basic techniques with a fixed order, and through learning the combination of techniques, students of tankendo develop a strong spirit, good posture and technical ability. The practitioner learns to understand and judge correct maai, identify opportunities for thrusting or for irimi, polish their technique, and experience the exquisiteness of zanshin. The student must try to understand the principles underlying the technical combinations and postures, rather than just going through the motions superficially. It is also important to train with the purpose of cultivating mind and body.Read More →

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Tankendo no kata

By baptiste Tavernier Nihon-me: men no uchi – sensen no sen Uchikata assumes gedan-no-kamae and shikata goes into chūdan-irimi-no-kamae. Starting from the front foot, uchikata and shikata take three big steps forward.  As soon as they enter into the maai for attack, shikata gives no chance to uchikata to take the initiative and strikes his opponent’s men. Shikata lowers his weapon in front of uchikata‘s eyes and demonstrates zanshin by taking a small step forward, keeping his kissaki against his opponent’s throat.  Shikata then vigilantly steps back. Both uchikata and shikata go back to chūdan-no-kamae. They disengage their weapons to close the kata, and from theRead More →

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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. 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 ontoRead More →