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Tachi Shomen Parry

Reference: Tachi Shomen

The Tachi Shomen Parry is a basic Japanese sword move and not unique to Aikido.

Movie of Tachi Shomen Parry.

Movie of Tachi Shomen Parry detail.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Uke Raises Boken Fig. 3 Parry

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start with Uke and Nage spaced so that their Boken do not quite touch.
  2. In Fig. 2 Uke's Boken is raised above Uke's head for Tachi Shomen and Nage waits.
  3. Fig. 3 shows Uke striking with Tachi Shomen and Nage's Boken is raised for Tachi Shomen parrying Uke's Boken as it comes down. Nage shifts back slightly away from Uke as Nage parries. Uke's hands are a little lower than normal because the ceiling is low.

    Fig. 4 Nage Up Uke Down Fig. 5 Shomen Uchi Fig. 6 Detail

  4. Fig. 4 shows the end of Uke's Tachi Shomen with Uke's Boken deflected to the side. Nage's Boken is moving to the top of Nage's Tachi Shomen.
  5. Fig. 5 shows the end of Nage's cut to Uke's head.
  6. Fig. 6 shows the detail of how Nage does this. Nage was taught this by demonstration without explanation so this is Nage's solution. As Nage's Boken is raised Nage's wrist rotate slightly to Nage's left moving the handle of the Boken slightly to Nage's left and the tip slightly to Nage's right. The edge of the blade points at a 30 or 40 degree angle to Nage's left. This is similar to Tachi Tsuki. The Boken is raised this way deflecting Uke's Boken to Nage's left. Nage's Boken is then straightened for the cut as shown in the detail video above. This parry is subtle making it difficult for a spectator to see the detail.

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