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.
The rest of this article is only available for Kendo Jidai International subscribers!