The puzzling relation between feet and valid strikes
Don’t hit with your arms, hit with your legs. Don’t hit with your legs, hit with your waist. In any case the issue lies with the feet. Right leg, left leg. A top level kendoka explains how to realise an ippon by looking at the relation between footwork and valid strikes.
1. How to create a kamae to strike at any time
Higashi Yoshimi, born in Kagoshima prefecture in 1957, 62 years old. Proceeded from Shōnan High School to Hosei University and after graduation, he is appointed to the Aichi prefectural police. Achievements include All Japan 8th dan Invitational Championship victory, All Japan Championship participation, All Japan East-West Tournament participation etc. After retiring the tokuren, he became an instructor and Aichi Prefectural Police Kendo Chairperson. Retired in March, 2018. Currently, Aichi Prefecture Police Honorary Teacher, Netz Toyota Nagoya Kendo Club Teacher, Seijo University Kendo Club Teacher. In May this year, he was awarded hanshi.
You should pay attention to the left leg
Apply seme with the left leg
Disturb your opponent with the left leg
Strike an ippon with the left leg
“If the left leg is not effective, there is no momentum to strike and your seme will not work” stresses Higashi Yoshimi. Higashi hanshi who played many a famous match leaving people impressed at the All Japan 8th dan Invitational Championship, and the All Japan Kendo Exhibition Tournament will examine the importance of footwork and the relationship with valid strikes.