Furusawa Nobuaki has had brilliant results in high school, university and at the police until now. Currently, he is fostering that experience and as the men’s coach of the Japan Sports Education University Kendo Club he is making full use of his ability. We have asked Furusawa, who says that “Suburi is self confrontation” about the importance of Suburi and what he focuses on as an instructor.
2. Master blade angle and Tenouchi with versatile Suburi
Furusawa Nobuaki, Renshi 6th dan
Born in Kumamoto Prefecture 1981, 36 years old. He went from Aso High School to Japan Sports Education University after which he was appointed to the Imperial Police. In high school, he won the Gyokuryuki Tournament and became 2nd in the All Japan High school Championship twice, and took back to back titles in the National Sports Tournament. In his university days he took 2nd place in the All Japan Student Championship, and won the Kanto Student Championship. In his days at the Imperial Police, he won the National Police Championship third prize. After retiring from the Imperial Police Department, he became a masters student at Japan Sports Education University, and currently he is Assistant Professor of Martial Arts Education, Faculty of Sports Culture at the Japan Sports Education University.
How do you connect your Suburi to duels? I think this is a very important question when learning Kendo. From the moment I started Kendo until now, I have been continuously doing Suburi but I haven’t been able to answer that question straightforwardly. However, I would like to explain my own view regarding Suburi, what I have experienced and learned, and also what I want to teach as the men’s coach of the Japan Sports Education University Kendo Club.
Master blade angles and Tenouchi with versatile Suburi
At the Japan Sports Education University where I am teaching, the Keiko content is basically determined by the coach, but the decision are made through talking with student representatives.
Although the type and the number change according to the time of the year, the following types are done in large quantity.
Exclude excessive power, swing the blade straight without removing the left hand from the mid line. Swing the Kensaki down to a level lower than the bottom of the Tsuka.
Firmly rotate your hands while stepping sideways. While being conscious of the blade angles in diagonal directions, imagine using Kaeshi Waza on your opponent’s techniques.
Swing up at a 45 degree angle. When swung down, the right fist should be at shoulder level and left fist should be at the stomach level.
Matawari (Squatting Suburi)
Step in firmly while launching your body forward with the left foot and aim for Kikentai-Icchi. Retract your left foot instantaneously when striking.
Five men strikes forward
Perform 5 men Suburi forward, 5 men Suburi backward.
Two Men strikes forward, two Men strikes backward
Thoroughly swing one by one. Be aware that the strike will be completed at the same when the hind leg is retracted and be careful not to disrupt your posture.
What is common to all the swing is to make a large swing while focusing on your shoulder blades. It is often said that “Large covers small” so if you can not perform large techniques, you can not perform the smaller techniques. If you can understand these principles, I think it is about how much more you can put your spirit to it and put in the quantity while staying focused.
Kendo Jidai 2018.6