8th Dan Kendo lessons of Koda Kunihide KENDO TECHNIQUE

Koda Kunihide’s Kendo instructions Part 4: Oji-waza against 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.

Oji-waza are techniques that are performed to counter the technique that the opponent is trying to perform on you. The opponent’s skill is nullified by Kaeshi-, Suriage- and Nuki-techniques, which immediately turn into attacks. It is important not to wait for the opponent’s strike and respond, but to draw out a careless strike. Among Oji-waza against Men-techniques there is Men-suriage-men, Men-kaeshi-do, Men-kaeshi-men and Men-nuki-men among others and all of them draw out the opponent and rely upon receiving the technique and striking instantaneously.

If this is done too slow you will get overwhelmed by the opponent’s striking momentum, making it difficult to strike effectively. Since the movement of the Men-strike is larger than that of the Kote-strike it is required to look closely at the opponent’s movements, draw out the their strikes sufficiently and perform Suriage-, Kaeshi- and Nuki-techniques. This is because if you counter before they go all-in, they can decide to abort their strike. Your Maai, read, and body movement must be accurate. 

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