naginata

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 →

naginata

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 →

naginata

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 →

naginata

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 →

naginata

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 →