Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Shiai practice

The last hour of training was capped off with a mock up shiai. Everyone was paired according to their ranks, those new to shiai started first. Learnt all the basic drills regarding the shiai in terms of structure, rules and appropriate conduct.

My first match was against Tony, from the get go I realised he was in a defensive mode through out the match. So I took the chance of doing a feint men cut and hitting do and it turned out to be successful. Ryu was my next opponent and ended up winning that match with a harai men. At the end of the day, training was great I only lost one match to a nice debana kote. So overall, pretty happy with training yesterday.

Feedback from Vui
  • taiatare is not the only option
  • issokuitto-no-maai, desired distance is important
  • seme - must work on more seme!
  • minimise debanna kote: try not to raise the shinai to high
  • speed, quickness to execute wazas
  • good use of eyes - finding opportunities
  • good posture

Monday, March 06, 2006

Feedback from sensei ...

Yano sensei: jigeiko feedback

1. Predictable striking behaviour
  • harai-waza: excessive force and repetition of hit and go
  • kiai: before every attack there was a loud kiai
2. Kensen
  • large movements - increased attacking opportunities

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Yesterday, training was abit different. Warmups were much the same, however we introduced do-kirikaeshi as used by the Nittaidai group and harai-waza. Just like the normal kirikaeshi but instead hitting do, starting with the left side first 8 times. I noticed my foot cordination is coming along well as a result of this kirikaeshi.

"Any several techniques for deflecting an opponents shinai and attacking in one motion" - Japanese-English Kendo Dictionary

Peter-sensei split the class into group of 3's and 4's to concentrate on harai-waza. We pracitced the following below;
  • harai-men
  • harai-kote
  • harai-do
  • harai-tsuki
My experience with harai-waza is that it must be performed quickly with good te-no-uchi. It must not be too obvious to your opponent so quick and a decisive attack is key, unless you will be a victim of debana-waza. This lesson was learnt through jigeiko with higher seniors. Sometimes I also noticed their chudan-no-kamae is quite strong and center is firm or either they intentionally have their kamae to their right to create seme for a quick debana-waza.

My observation for a good harai-waza;
  • footwork: single motion - one step (important)
  • quick movement
  • good posture
  • strike right after shinai is off center
  • less obvious - drawing a J instead of a half circle with the shinai! (up/down action)