忍耐 + 掌握人生
Power From Subtle Movements
My goals tonight were:
- Push from the hip when executing cuts.
- Practice debana-kote when opportunities open.
- After cutting, move in quickly to deny my opponent the opportunity to cut with enough distance.
- Explore opportunities to attack in tsubazerai.
In our full bogu, we practiced a few rounds of kirikaeshi, kihon-men, kihon-kote, seme-men, seme-kote-men, uchikomi-geiko, and the last 20minutes on jigeiko with Master Kim.
Power Forward From The Hip
While doing uchikomi-geiko, Master Kim kept urging me to push from my hip to execute the men-cut. I tried my best to move in from the hip as fast as possible but, I too, could feel that I was not moving in fast enough even though I pushed off with my left foot as powerful as I possibly could.
I am wondering if my abdominal and lower back muscles are not strong enough to stablise the upper torso and the extended arms while leaping forward. As a result, the body has the tendency to lean forward, and the power from the lower body cannot be transmitted effectively to the cut. I don't know how correct my proposition is. I will have to try focus on the abs and lower back muscles in the next training to see if it would make a difference.
Kote-Men - Do Not Raise the Tip of the Shinai
Master Kim found that my seme kote-men is not fast enough. The reason? He said I was lifting my shinai up to cut kote. To execute a fast seme-kote, however, there is no need to lift the shinai up and cut the kote in a up-down action. Master Kim demonstrated a few seme-kote cuts to me. The way he executed the kote cut was like slicing the shinai forward into the opponent's kote. To be able to slice into the kote and make the 'BARN' sound, there must be sufficient forward momentum propelling from the hip.
- Slice forward into the kote. No up-down movements.
- Must have sufficient foward momentum.
- Relaxed right arm before cut and tighten it on impact to generate the correct power.
In the last 20 minutes, the whole class sat down to watch Master Kim jigeiko with the more advanced students one by one. I had two rounds of jigeiko with Master Kim, each lasting for approx. 5 minutes.
Through these jigeiko, I realised that I have been using too much upper body power. At the final moments of each round of jigeiko when my body became tired, my upper torso was not very stable at all, twisting to the left every time my men-cut was blocked. These were the result of the lacking of power in pushing in from the hip.
- Experiment with the use of abs and back muscles during the cut.
- When cutting, push from the hip.
- Practice the slicing-forward action in cutting kote and men.
- Explore cutting opportunities in tsubazerai.
What would happen if your friendly fellow kendoka keep missing the targets and ended up hitting on the same non-target area every time?
Answer: see for yourself in the photo.
...Btw, that's my right arm in the photo.