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Kawakami Arimitsu: How to effectively master shinai handling



How to effectively master shinai handling

Assisted Training is intended to develop a sense of speed, rhythm and timing by reducing body load. Kawakami who is doing research on assisted training introduces how to effectively master shinai handling.


Kawakami Arimitsu, 7th Dan
Born in 1974 in Osaka Prefecture. After going to Tsukuba University from PL Gakuen High School and after completing his master he became an Education Engineer. After working as a Japan Airlines Second High School teacher, he became a Kokushikan University teacher. Participated in the All Japan Championships, National Teachers Tournament, National Sports Tournament etc. Currently, associate professor at Kokushikan University.

Feeling faster doesn’t necessarily make you faster

Suburi is a signature Keiko method in Kendo, and the importance of it is explained in instruction manuals as well. Therefore, at famous schools or when practicing individually it is likely that there will be time reserved for it.

When doing Suburi, there are probably many people who think it is effective to add weights or use a heavy Suburito. In fact, when seeing Shiai and Keiko scenarios there are clearly many people who implement adding weights.

Indeed, in order to acquire strength and endurance, I think that it makes sense to make schedules annually and implement this kind of Keiko method at times when there are few Shiai. These training methods are called resistance training in our research field, and are training methods that give overload and aim to improve the specific strength elements of exercise.

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  • Aaron H 02/18/2020 at 7:25 PM

    When I look at a koto-style, men’s 39 and men’s 38 shinai on tozando, the difference is only 30 grams and 3cm of length. Is that enough? Maybe it is enough. It’s just hard for me to imagine I would feel much difference from 30 grams. The same shinai in a men’s 39 and women’s 39 is 70 gram difference and they are both 120cm.

    Which is preferable, I wonder?

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