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8 You step forward, making shomen again. 8a he raises his jo to hit you on the head, stepping forward into R posture. 9 You are in L posture, L hand forward on the jo. You raise the end of your jo to your front L, and then make (kaiten-ashi) by pivoting on the balls of you feet through 180 deg. then stepping FORWARD with your L foot. As you do this swing the jo round, and down diagonally, to strike at his knees. Ensure that you turn your wrists over so that you PUSH the jo round not pull it. If...

Kenjutsu Raising The Rear Foot

What I have tried to do is summarize the instruction I have received from Sekiya Sensei, Inaba Sensei at the Shiseikan Dojo previously referred to in a Kashima Shin Ryu post , Kanai Sensei, Chiba Sensei and by extension, with his student Lorraine DiAnne Sensei , Saito Sensei, and Saotome Sensei. Some of this experience is as a deshi while the bulk of it is through consistent attendance at seminars over more than 20 years with the frequency of contact reflected in the above sequence. It is not...

Kenjutsu Techniques

Kojo Ryu Twelve Positions

Armed techniques Kenjutsu Ono-ha Ittoryu 1 5 Do weapons training as though empty-handed train empty-handed as though with weapons Bay Marin Aikido offers students the unique opportunity to train in both Iwama Style weapons and the Ken tai Jo sword and staff weapons forms of Sugawara Sensei. Ken and Jo suburi, kata, and paired forms The sword movements of these eight paired forms come from the 600 year old Japanese weapons school, Katori Shinto Ryu. These are classical sword moves which serve as...

Bokken Suburi

The bokken is a wooden sword traditionally made from white oak and weighing around 700g. Training with the bokken is important because many of the empty hand or tai jutsu techniques are derived from sword techniques developed over centuries. 1.ICHI NO SUBURI. Start in migi kamae. Raise the bokken straight up, keep the left arm as straight as possible and the bokken will end up lying down the spine. This position is known as centering the weapon. At the same time, draw the front...

Exercises For Improving Accuracy With Jo Or Bokken

Here are a few exercises which will help improve your accuracy with a bokken or jo for that matter . For shomen uchi Have a partner hold a jo horizontally in front of you so that the jo is parallel with your shoulders. The jo should be fractionally below the height of your natural cutting action. You should make a few practice cuts to establish the correct height. With the jo in place, cut shomen uchi repeatedly with your bokken, trying to come as close to the jo as possible without touching...

Yokomen Uchi

Yokomen Uchi Bokken

Beginning position with the bokken over the head. Bokken should be parellel to the ground, neither pointing upwards nor downwards. Feet are together, not necessarily touching. Using the shoulders, cut at an angle to your left. Right leg goes back at the same time. Complete strike at eye level. Do not go beyond your own head. Back leg is extended, and the front leg bent. Weight distribution is 60 -40 , with 60 being on the front leg. Complete the return with the bokken in the same position as...