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8th Dan KENDO TECHNIQUE

Features of combat Suburi: Suburi with a duel in mind

11/01/2018

2018.6 KENDOJIDAI

Suburi with an actual match in mind
Connecting the use of Shinai and body which leads to Ippons

Ijima Sensei advocates that Suburi is equally as important as Kirikaeshi and Kakarigeiko. He explains the function and the method of refined Suburi and how it should be implemented in Kihon.


Ijima Akira, Kyoshi 8th Dan
Born 1957 in Akita prefecture. Advances to Nippon Sport Science University from Honjo High School. He then worked as a teacher’s assistant at Nippon Sport Science University, then moved to International Budo University. After being the coach of the Kendo club for both ladies and men, he is currently a 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
Translation — Jouke van der woude

It is common to do Suburi before putting your Bogu on. We do not actually strike the targets but we do it while envisioning an opponent. In terms of level, it is relevant to absolute beginners but also to high level practitioners.
The main objective of doing Suburi is to understand striking methods, footwork and body movement, and to absorb this into your body. Another function of Suburi is warming up. However, some people say that Suburi is not a warming up exercise. Rather, getting your spirit prepared with Suburi before putting your Bogu on is an important element. Therefore, it shouldn’t be seen as a mere warming up, but as a preparation stage towards fighting an opponent and it is important to do it seriously.

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