The ideal Men-strike with individual quality
Sharp Men-strikes from a natural Kamae
For me, of all the techniques in Kendo, the ones that I find the most exciting are Men-techniques. I think of it as an art to break through the opponent’s center during mutual Seme and striking at their indecision through the center of their body. Here are five things I try to keep in mind with Men-techniques.
Generally speaking, there are four types of Maai: Toma (distant Maai), Shokujin (touch-blade) no Maai, Kōjin (cross-blade) no Maai and Chikama (close Maai). The distance can vary from person to person, depending on the physical characteristics, athletic ability, and the width of their Shinai grip (length of their Tsuka). It is important to understand one’s own characteristics, and to study and find the Maai (eye measurement) at which one can develop their techniques from Issoku Itto (one step, one sword’s) distance.
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