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.
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