Archive for September, 2014

From theory to Dojo

Posted: September 28, 2014 in English
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Long time ago I heard this idea according to which “the bamboo shadows are sweeping the stairs without raising any grain of dust and the light penetrates the depths of the pond without leaving traces in the water”.

initially, being a teenager, it seemed for me just another martial art quote intended to make the training more interesting which is why I have not paid really much importance to this aspect.

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certainly, at that point, I was not ready for this kind of martial approach, being more tempted to find new ways to defeat an opponent rather than ways to win a fight against my weaknesses.

the years have passed and meanwhile I had the opportunity to learn with and from experience of many great teachers until recently I realized that all my sword technique is comprehended now through the philosophy of martial art at a level so deep that any distinction between theory and practice almost faded.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

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Chisai Do-Uchi

Posted: September 21, 2014 in English
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If it is accepted the idea of a small Shomen-Uchi – with the left wrist at the high or slightly higher than the shoulders level, then it is expected as for the Do-Uchi to apply the same type of technique in response to this kind of Shomen attack.

furthermore, from my point of view, Do-Uchi can be performed in the next version:

– the shinai may do not follow a diagonal pathway as in the case of a conventional Do cut, but a perfectly or almost horizontal trajectory in order the bamboo sword can go under the opponent Chudan-no-Kamae;

– the Do cut can be executed with only one hand because the first cut in the first two Iaido Kata of Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Iaido: Ippon-me – Mae and Nihon-me – Ushiro, it is exactly a horizontally cut performed one hand only, followed by a Shomen-Uchi – in the first case of the Kata the opponent being in front and in the second case the opponent being in rear.

certainly if the cut from Iaido Kata to which I refer could penetrate the skull, then there will be no difficulty in cutting the abdomen if it is applied in another context.

– simultaneously with the cutting trajectory of the Do-Uchi, it is good to try to change your direction thus to be able to advance towards to the slightly left or right of your adversary to avoid a colliding with him and for a proper cut with the first third of the shinai.

in this manner you can evade to be hit by his Shomen-Uchi.

if it is not applied a dodge step, there is a good chance for a Tai-Atari, that means almost certainly that your Do cut failed.

my solution in response to a small Shomen-Uchi it is a equally small Do-Uchi applied in the same time with a shift of position to the right or left of the opponent depending on the context.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

complete or partial reproduction of the information and images contained in this blog, without the written permission of the author is prohibited and is punishable under law.

Keiko for everyday life

Posted: September 16, 2014 in English
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The purpose of Keiko is to practice ways in which you can observe openings in the defense of your training partner.

in battle, observing and understanding the opponent and then applying strategies practiced in Keiko, allows gaining any shiai whatever is the degree or the experience of your adversary.
in everyday life, application of that principle derived from Keiko consists in observing the opportunities or to develop where them do not exist.

the concept of Seme and the initiative to launch an attack in the Dojo, in real life it is translates into having the initiative in the society in which you live, namely not being passive, to have a proper attitude and to be responsible for your actions and decisions in all your life.

the idea of Ma-Ai in training applies in the life through the ability of managing a set of human relationships.

a Keiko in which you venture when your spirit it is not strong it is a losing battle.

any decision that relies on self-esteem and self-confidence is the secret of success.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

complete or partial reproduction of the information and images contained in this blog, without the written permission of the author is prohibited and is punishable under law.

The alphabet of Kendo

Posted: September 13, 2014 in English
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A personal experience allows me to make this analogy that I have not found it anywhere so far:

kihon is like alphabet – with clear and ample movements, with attention to detail.
keiko is like calligraphy – there is a personal touch on a common background in some measure adjusted to each kenshi.

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from this perspective, the movement must be so fluent and the technique must be performed so naturally, as when you use a everyday ustensil – while you are not thinking about the ustensil itself and just appreciate and enjoy the action that you practice through the using of it.

the sequence of movements must overcome the technique barrier and become as a second nature.

in order to say that one kenshi practice a high quality Kendo, he should in each moment to do his best and to pay the greatest importance to every detail of the art.
additionally he must to be unselfish and to respect the ethical way.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

complete or partial reproduction of the information and images contained in this blog, without the written permission of the author is prohibited and is punishable under law.

About using a sharp sword

Posted: September 12, 2014 in English
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In keiko it is generally accepted that even if the bokuto it is fundamentally different than the katana, if the technique is correct performed the result is the same – extremely harmful for the opponent.
in this sense there is the example of Miyamoto Musashi.

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the advantages of using a bokuto for training:
you can practice that exercises that involved a minimum contact with another bokuto with the specification that if you’re not careful you can hurt your partner.

the disadvantage of wooden swords:
it is much lighter than a steel sword.
the best exercises involving contact are those in which both partners are using shinai.

the advantages of a metal sword:
using a Iaito from the beginning you can learn to “feel the blade” and you get used to its weight and shape.

the disadvantages of a iaito:
the blade can break in case of the impact with another sword so it can be used in exercises that not involve contact.

no matter how beautiful it would be a katana should not forget that it is a lethal weapon.
its use involves a process of maturity and self confidence.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

complete or partial reproduction of the information and images contained in this blog, without the written permission of the author is prohibited and is punishable under law.

For understanding the essence

Posted: September 10, 2014 in English
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If you remove everything that involved arrogance, envy or hate, and if you never treat with disrespect all other creatures and nature, you could understand the essence.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

complete or partial reproduction of the information and images contained in this blog, without the written permission of the author is prohibited and is punishable under law.

 

 

The idea of ​​Kendo today

Posted: September 7, 2014 in English
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I don’t think that in the present context anyone can talk about a general truth that can be applied in all martial arts.

from a scientific point of view, it is more accurate to put in question their own truth, their origin, the transformations and how that was perceived in different eras.
in this sense, what represents and what is the meaning of  Budo and especially how this notion it is assimilated by practitioners today?

historical references of the technique, of their origins, the evolution of each branch and each style, concepts that comprise the etiquette and everything specifically to a martial tradition can be found in the documents transmitted from generation to generation within each school.

Kendo is crossing today a new stage of development on the idea that its truth can not be perceived exclusive in a single direction or as the unique method, but as a personal truth which is different from one practitioner to another based on each psychological and cultural background.

the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.

complete or partial reproduction of the information and images contained in this blog, without the written permission of the author is prohibited and is punishable under law.