About this blog..

This is a blog that I started in April 2006, just after I first put on my bogu (kendo armour). It collects the advices given by more experienced kendo practitioners as well as those from my own experiences. Both technical and the mental aspects of kendo are written in the blog. I hope someone will find them useful or interesting at least!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Harai- and Suriage-waza

Yesterday during jigeiko I worked on my Harai- and Suriage-waza. The former is first hit on the opponents shinai before making the second main strike. The latter is to brush (up or down) the shinai before striking.

Well, I simply just didn't get the hang of it. I lost the controll of my shinai after trying to deflect the opponent's shinai. Need to practise more.

[Note added on 19/6/06): Suriage-waza is to keep the shinai in the centerline brushing directly upwards in the hope that natural curvature of the shinai will brush the opponent's shinai sideways. The kensen is in the centerline all the time.
To do Harai-waza the kensen has to return to the centerline at the end of the slapping/sweeping. The natural way to do it is to draw a semicircle (if upwards). Some also just sweeping quickly and return the kensen before striking.]

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