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Tachi Parry Tsuki

Tachi Parry Tsuki is a basic Japanese sword exercise and not unique to Aikido. It is also a basic exercise in western fencing. If Uke's sword is pointed at Nage it is very difficult for Nage to attack without getting impaled on the tip of Uke's sword. Nage needs to get Uke's sword out of the way in order to safely enter. If the tip of Nage's sword moves off line as Nage enters Uke can still impale Nage so Nage has the problem of knocking Uke's sword out of line without Nage's sword going off line. This is a method of solving this problem used in Japanese fencing that applies well to many arts. The exercises here is done slowly for clarity.

Example 1, Tachi Parry Tsuki Same Side.

Movie of Tachi Parry Tsuki same side.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Slice Fig. 3 Tsuki

  1. Fig. 4 shows the start where Uke and Nage should be spaced so that their Boken do not quite touch. In this demonstration the partners are closer for the picture.
  2. In Fig. 5 Nage slices down as if to take a slice out of the side of Uke's Boken without moving Nage's Boken off of the line of attack. While learning raise the sword and take a big cut to get the idea. At the end of the slice the tip of Nage's Boken is pointed at Uke and Uke's Boken has been knocked off line.
  3. Fig. 6 shows Nage using Tachi Tsuki following the slice to finish the exercise. The slice and Tachi Tsuki are really just one move.

Example 2, Tachi Parry Tsuki Opposite Side.

Movie of Tachi Parry Tsuki opposite side.

Fig. 4 Start Fig. 5 Drop Point Fig. 6 Raise Point

  1. Fig. 4 shows the start where Uke and Nage should be spaced so that their Boken do not quite touch. In this demonstration the partners are very close for the picture.
  2. Fig. 5 shows the tip of the sword dropped so that Nage's Boken can go under Uke's Boken. At proper distance this might not be necessary or Nage's Boken could go over Uke's Boken.
  3. In Fig. 6 the tip of Nage's Boken has been raised to slice down on Uke's Boken.

    Fig. 7 Slice Fig. 8 Tsuki

  4. In Fig. 7 Nage slices down as if to take a slice out of the side of Uke's Boken without moving Nage's Boken off of the line of attack. While learning raise the sword and take a big cut to get the idea. At the end of the slice the tip of Nage's Boken is pointed at Uke and Uke's Boken has been knocked off line.
  5. Fig. 8 shows Nage using Tachi Tsuki following the slice to finish the exercise. The slice and Tachi Tsuki are really just one move.

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