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Features of combat suburi : Suburi with an actual match in mind

11/01/2018

Suburi with an actual match in mind
Connecting the application of shinai and body which leads to ippons

Ijima advocates that suburi is equal in importance to kirikaeshi and kakarigeiko. He explains the function and the method of refined suburi, and how it should be implemented at the basics.


Ijima Akira, 8th dan kyoshi, born 1957 in Akita prefecture. Advances to Nihon Taiiku University from Honjo High. After being teacher’s assistin at Nihon Taiiku University, he moved to International Budo University. After being the coach of the kendo club’s ladies and men, he is currently the professor at the university and the general director of the kendo club. Participated in the National Teachers Championship, All Japan East West tournament etc.

text : Tsuchiya Tomohiro
photo : Nishiguchi Kunihiko
Kendo Jidai 2018.6

It is common to do suburi before putting the bogu on. We do not actually strike the targets, but do it with the opponent in mind. In terms of levels, it is relevant to absolute beginners but also to highly refined levels.
The biggest objective of doing suburi is to understand striking methods, footwork, how to move the body, and to learn it with your body. One kind of application is the role of warming up. Some people say that suburi is not a warming up exercise, but getting your spirit prepared as you move your body before putting your bogu on is an important element of suburi. However, it shouldn’t be seen as a mere warming up, but as a preparation stage towards fighting an opponent so it is important to do it seriously.

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Kendo lessons of Chiba Masashi vol.5: understanding jodan

11/01/2018

Chiba Masashi, the champion of refined lessons on kendo, also known as “Chiba magic”. Studying this will bring quick improvement. A jodan expert reveals his secrets to you.

Chiba Masashi

Chiba Masashi / Born in Miyagi prefecture in 1944. After graduating from Kogotanourin High School, he was hired by the Metropolitan Police Department. 3 All Japan Championship titles, 2 World team Championship titles, 4 National Police Team Championship titles, 1 National Sports Tournament Title, 1 Meiji village Kendo Championship title. Former occupation; the Metropolitan Police Department honorary teacher Kendo, Hitotsubashi University Instructor. Hanshi 8th dan.

Photo : Tokue Masayuki
Video : Shiraito Katsuya
KendoJidai : 2011.08

Standard jodan and standard countermeasures versus jodan

As jodan is said to be the state of fire, and as such it is all about attacking. The kamae itself is defenseless as the kote, tsuki and do are open. Your opponent won’t feel fear unless you convince them you don’t care if they do tsuki, they can try to cut you if they dare, and you will go for the ai-uchi (simultaneous attack) if they come.

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Features of combat suburi : The secrets of being strong

11/01/2018

Suburi that does not anticipate competition is mere physical exercise. Suburi with a real situation in mind is the ultimate 1 person keiko. This is where suburi for exercise and suburi for real situations differ.

The secret of being strong lies in suburi
Get crisp technique with this suburi

In order to survive the harsh world of the tokuren (special police training squad) Arima Mitsuo, a veteran police officer, had made suburi a daily routine. He introduces the suburi he has put into practice with emphasis on the importance to strike in one go.

Arima Mitsuo, born 1943 in Okayama prefecture, 74 years old. From Saidaiji High School to Osaka prefectural police officer. Became 2nd and 3rd in All Japan Championship Tournament 3 times. Won National Police Team Championship 9 times and Individual victory 1 time. Meiji Village Kendo Championship 2 times, participated in All Japan East West Tournament. Currently, Osaka Prefecture Police Kendo Honorary Teacher and Toll Express Co. Instructor. Hanshi 8th dan.

Anyone who has done kendo has done suburi, and I think everybody recognises the importance of it. Suburi can be done in spare time and without opponent, but in reality, isn’t it quite hard to actually spend time on it?
Moreover, nowadays suburi tends to function as an exercise for warming up, but it is actually an important kind of keiko.
Through suburi we master essential content of shinai handling and it is indispensable at a rudimentary level in particular. It is important to keep doing it without neglect even as you get more experienced.
The goals of suburi include to master a unified way of shinai and body movement, learning the angles of strikes and tenouchi, as well as synchronising the hands and the feet. Furthermore, I recognise that suburi is something that adds crispness to technique and I have put it in practice as such.
First of all, it is important to swing earnestly with forward intent. It is better to not only do men suburi, but also kote and do. I also practice men, kote and do in succession for suburi.

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Kendo lessons of Chiba Masashi vol.6: Approach to dan examinations

11/01/2018

Chiba Masashi, the champion of refined lessons on kendo, also known as “Chiba magic”. Studying this will bring quick improvement. A jodan expert reveals his secrets to you.

Chiba Masashi

Chiba Masashi / Born in Miyagi prefecture in 1944. After graduating from Kogotanourin High School, he was hired by the Metropolitan Police Department. 3 All Japan Championship titles, 2 World team Championship titles, 4 National Police Team Championship titles, 1 National Sports Tournament Title, 1 Meiji village Kendo Championship title. Former occupation; the Metropolitan Police Department honorary teacher Kendo, Hitotsubashi University Instructor. Hanshi 8th dan.

Photo : Tokue Masayuki
Video : Shiraito Katsuya
KendoJidai : 2011.08

Do not fight with the striking target predetermined

The sword which receives is the sword which strikes
Create a kamae that can always strike

As they say that kendo is understood by understanding maai, maai is a particular point of importance in dan examinations. It is not uncommon that techniques are performed in patterns. For example, after kiai, they go into maai without looking at the opponent’s movements and go for men, and for the second exchange they will go kote because they went for men in the first exchange.

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Players comment : JY Jo (Korea)

10/23/2018

The 17th World Kendo Championships ended.
I felt so relieved, and now I don’t have regrets.
The Korean national team has been competing for two years to prepare for the 17th World Kendo Championships. For only 5 minutes game time with Japan…

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