Wednesday, October 09, 2013

How to swing a sword

Time for another break from tachidori to look at uke's attack again.  Uke is primarily doing vertical men cuts in the tachidori, so the question comes up, how do you make a proper vertical men cut?  Turns out that it depends on who you ask.  Aikido guys have different cuts from iaido guys, and the kendo and jodo guys are subtly different from the others and from each other.  But you can see some commonality - makes sense - it's all humans cutting vertically downward with very similar weapons.  So my basic idea on this one is to pay most attention to the commonalities and try to make intelligent compromises when instructions differ.

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Patrick Parker

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