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Tachi Shomen

Reference: Shomen Uchi

Example 1, Tachi Shomen.

Movie of Tachi Shomen.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Raised Fig. 3 Target Fig. 4 Finish

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with the sword at waist level. With a partner the tip might point to Uke's throat or even be at throat level.
  2. In Fig. 2 the sword is raised. Some people teach to bring it level like this. In Kendo it is only necessary to raise the sword high enough to see Uke's face in the space between Nage's arms below Nage's hands.
  3. Fig. 3 shows the sword at target level. The sword is cutting to Uke's head. The blade is extended out to hit the head and then the follow through brings the sword back to the starting point. Do not forget the Grasping Reflex.
  4. Fig. 4 shows the finish. When the sword gets back to this point it should just stop. It should not oscillate up and down. The key to a clean stop is to cut at the top of Uke's head and then stop at the bottom. Do not cut at the bottom!

Example 2, Hip Drop Exercise.

This is an exercise usually performed in class with two students facing each other. When one partner cuts the other moves to the side and parries. The one that just parried then cuts at the other partners head and that partner moves to the side and parries.

Movie of Hip Drop Exercise.

Fig. 5 Cut Fig. 6 Parry Right Fig. 7 Center Fig. 8 Cut Fig. 9 Parry Left

  1. Fig. 5 shows a cut taken out of an on going sequence. Nage has squatted down while cutting with the sword.
  2. Fig. 6 shows Nage moving to Nage's left and parrying right. If a partner was present the partner would be striking. It is very important that Nage move to the side to prevent smashed fingers.
  3. In Fig. 7 the Boken has come around behind Nage to cut down with Shomen Uchi.
  4. Fig. 8 shows the end of the cut.
  5. In Fig. 9 Nage moves to Nage's right and parries left.

    Fig. 10 Center Fig. 11 Cut

  6. Fig. 10 shows Nage after the sword has come around behind Nage in preparation for the cut down.
  7. Fig. 11 shows the end of the cut and Nage is now ready to start the sequence again. This is an excellent exercise to build leg strength and develop overall coordination and stamina.

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