Kendo lessons of Iwakiri Kimiharu

Iwakiri Kimiharu : What is “Tame”? How to teach it?


Strong seme brings strong tame. Strong tame creates a strong ippon.

It is important to attack while applying pressure. This allows us to create tame on the way to our strike. The seme we apply before attacking pressures our opponent. Being able to stay patient until our opponent breaks his kamae or makes a move is what creates tame. Having the ability to create tame adds depth to your kendo. Of course, this is very important for promotion examinations. I asked coach Iwakiri of the International Budo University kendo club, which has produced a great amount of kendoka and kendo teachers, about the way in which tame is taught at his university.

Iwakiri Kimiharu’s Lesson

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