- the kensen needs only to be raised slightly in order to be as quick as possible. Usually in the debana situation the opponent would have raised his kensen as well, so to switch to the other side to hit (assume starting from your right side) kote, one doesn't need to raise it very much.
- the upper-body should stay up-right after hit.
- when avoiding the kote-strike, draw the hands slightly inwards while raising it for the men-strike. Drawing the shinai straight up is too dangerous.
- Overall speaking my tenouchi still needs to be improved.
- When striking kote-men, very often the opponent would come forward so the men strike could be too close. Try to keep the right distance.