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Since there are various articles published, we will introduce the ones that came out in October.
How to hit the perfect kote
We translated “How to hit perfect kote” from KENDOJIDAI (2016.5).
“If you learn kote well, the winning rate goes up,” according to one top level player. If you want to be strong, you need to master it. So, the top level kendoka who are still active in the first round, explain how to hit kote.
In September, we have introduced Kamei Toru, Funatsu Shinji, Matsuwaki Shinsuke and Takenaka Kentaro’s Kote technique. In October, you can read article of Tanaka Hiroaki who is a director of Gedatsurenshinkan.
Tanaka sensei explains: “I have been involved in elementary school children’s teaching for many years. Even if there is a difference in physique, I feel that if children attain a correct kote-technique it can be advantageous in shiai and the like. In addition, the reason why I teach about windows of opportunity is because there is a tendency to lose to kote-strikes.”
In kendo, is said to be important to have a “conversation” with the sword tips. However, you can not “talk” if you don’t have an effective kamae. Furthermore, it is not always possible to have a “conversation” at all.
The position of the kensaki and where it is pointed are factors which have big consequences. However, it is easily forgotten. Iwatate Saburo explains how a small adjustment can improve your kendo by a big margin.
Hojo Masaomi is one of the key figures of the Kanagawa Police Department’s Kendo Club, and has taken an individual title at the WKC as a Japanese representative. It can be said he has been heavily relied upon during his active career. You will have the unique opportunity to learn from the insights he has gotten from his severed achilles tendon without having to sever one of your own! Read about his men-technique variations and improve your kendo!
Understanding oneself and the meaning of dan grades. The legendary Tani Katsuhiko who is well known for his 8th dan feats gives his thoughts on dan examinations. Be sure to check it out if you are at a loss for your upcoming grading!
In traditional Budo, a teacher had a limited number of close students, to whom he would teach all the knowledge he had accumulated over the years. These would be called Deshi.
At the same time, he could have many people who he had been teaching, either during Seminars, or during teaching in another Dojo as a guest teacher. These students would be called Oshiego.