How to disrupt and go all-in (Sumi Masatake)

In Kendo, it is important to apply Seme and disrupt, but no matter how much you do so, it is meaningless if it does not lead to an all-in technique. In this article, you will learn the process of disrupting your opponent to attain an Ippon, through detailed explanation by Sumi Masatake. Sumi Masatake, 8th Dan Hanshi Sumi Masatake was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1943. After graduation, he worked as a high school teacher before returning to his alma mater, as an assistant professor. From 1999 to 2002, he served as a permanent director of the All Japan Kendo Federation. Placed third in the 23rd Meiji-mura Kendo Tournament. He was the ladies’ coach of the Japanese national team at the 11th World Kendo Championships. Currently a professor emeritus at Fukuoka University of Education and the head of its Kendo club. Sutemi (going all-in, striking with abandon) involves four processes: preparing, confronting, disrupting and going all-in. I would like to talk about “Sutemi”. What do you consider to be Sutemi? I think most of you probably think of Sutemi as the moment when you perform a technique. However, if you consider the process of performing a technique, that won’t appropriately … Continue reading How to disrupt and go all-in (Sumi Masatake)