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By baptiste Tavernier Roppon-me: irimi seitai-zuki – sensen 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, shikata moves in (irimi) and tries to suppress uhikata’s tanken by pushing it to the right but uchikata evades by stepping backwards and thrusts immediately at shikata’s doh. However, shikata suppresses uchikata’s tankan by pushing it to the left then grabs and locks uchikata’s right elbow and breaks his balance. Finally, shikata stabs uchikata to the torso. Shikata withdraws coutiously with zanshin. Uchikata and shikata then go backRead More →

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By baptiste Tavernier Gohon-me: men wo harai men-uchi – go no sen Uchikata assumes jōdan-no-kamae and shikata goes into chūdan-irimi-no-kamae, but with his kensen pointing towards uchikata’s right wrist. Starting from the front foot, uchikata and shikata take three big steps forward. As soon as they enter into the maai for attack, uchikata takes the initiative and strikes shikata’s men. However, shikata responds with a suri-age, immediately followed by a strike onto uchikata’s men. Shikata lowers his weapon in front of his opponent’s eyes and then shows zanshin by taking a small step backward while assuming jōdan-no-kamae. Uchikata and shikata then go back to chūdan-no-kamae. They disengageRead More →

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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 →

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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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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 →