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The Nuts & Bolts of Kendo By Hanshi 9th Dan Nakano Yasoji — Translated by Alex Bennett First published in Kendo World 1.4, 2002 ***  Tsuki-waza What is the most basic method of executing tsuki? Of course, the most basic method for tsuki is to go straight in and thrust, but this is difficult to achieve if the opponent has a strong kamae. There are many other methods you can employ such as suriage as they lift their kensen up, or applying pressure from the omote side, and then making the thrust from the opposite side (ura) of the shinai. However, I find the mostRead More →

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The Nuts & Bolts of Kendo — Doh Waza By Hanshi 9th Dan Nakano Yasoji — Translated by Alex Bennett First published in Kendo World 1.4, 2002 *** Points to observe What should you do with your left hand when striking doh? You should move it up near the right hand, but not the whole way up. Your left hand shouldn’t actually touch your right. What should we be careful of when teaching doh and gyaku-doh? A lot of people prefer not to hit do at all. I remember one sensei who never taught his students doh, but made them concentrate solely on men andRead More →

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The Nuts & Bolts of Kendo — Kote Waza By Hanshi 9th Dan Nakano Yasoji — Translated by Alex Bennett First published in Kendo World 1.4, 2002 *** Points to observe As can be seen in the kendo kata, kote strikes can be big or small. What particular points should be given attention to when making a kote attack? This is just my opinion, but I don’t think that a kote attack should be made from a distance further away than that of a men attack. It would be different if the opponent’s shinai was completely immobilised, or there was an obvious opening, but otherRead More →

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The Nuts & Bolts of Kendo — Men Waza By Hanshi 9th Dan Nakano Yasoji — Translated by Alex Bennett First published in Kendo World 1.3, 2002   Striking Targets (datotsubui) Q: In kendo, the target areas are men, kote, do, and tsuki. How were these particular targets decided upon? In the old days of mortal combat, warriors were particularly careful about protecting volatile areas like the head and arms. In kendo we are not aiming to strike these ‘target’ areas on the bogu per se , but are really attempting to cut these critical areas on the body, which in a real combat situationRead More →