8th Dan Kendo lessons of Koda Kunihide KENDO TECHNIQUE

Koda Kunihide’s Kendo instructions Part 2: Shikake-men


This is the first time Koda Kunihide, Kyoshi 8th Dan and professor of Tsukuba University, does a full instruction series for Kendo Jidai. Harada Satoru, Takanabe Susumu and Murayama Chinatsu are all accomplished fighters who graduated from Tsukuba University. You can take the same instructions they received right here, right now!

  • Part 1: Basic movement
  • Part 2: Shikake-Men
  • Part 3: Shikake-Kote
  • Part 4: Oji-waza against Men
  • Part 5: Oji-waza against Kote
  • Part 6: Keiko methods

Koda Kunihide, born in Nagasaki Prefecture in 1957. He went from Nagasaki East High School to Tsukuba University and became a teacher at the University of Tsukuba after working as a high school teacher at Nagasaki Prefecture. Major achievements include the individual title at the WKC, 3rd place at the All Japan Championships and a National Teachers Tournament title. Professor at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences and Director of the Kendo Club at the University of Tsukuba. Kyoshi 8th dan.

Control the center with your left hand and follow through on your strikes

To learn proper Men-strikes, it is important to use the entire body and perform large techniques. We need to aim for strikes which stay true to Kikentai-icchi and when focusing on running our lower body into the opponent, we should be able to strike in a straight line without moving up and down. When the intent to strike is too strong or the Maai is miscalculated, your posture will collapse, so be careful.
Shikake-men is an applicative technique and requires to be struck small and sharp. However, when the focus lies too much on striking small, the strikes end up merely touching the target and won’t grant an Ippon even if they land. This will not be valued in examinations either. Therefore, even small strikes must have power and should be followed through with.
When swinging up the Shinai, try to maintain your posture as when in Kamae. When you change your posture, you will signal to your opponent that you are initiating a technique. Try to not let your posture be disturbed.

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