December 28, Strategy in kendo 1 - Oji waza Strategy in kendo can be a very complex area. Every experienced kendoka will have developed their own strategies against different kinds of opponents and different situations. Sometimes these strategies are deliberate and consciously thought-out, sometimes they are instinct, or unconscious. At a basic level however, kendo has some simple rules about strategy, and many of these I have talked about during training.
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You might have heard the word, "San-Satsu" or "San-Sappo". It means "3 kills". These are Click here for more information on "san-satsu". You may have heard of "ashi-barai" in other martial arts such as judo and karate. It is commonly used to make an opening and strike.
You should be careful when you use "harai". If you make it too big, you will be vulnerable since your kensen will be also away from the centre. It is very hard to distinguish between "harai" and "hari". Harai is a longer stroke just like you are sweeping. Hari is a short and sharp motion. Hari is less risky than harai since the movement is smaller. Maki Age Done Perfectly Maki-age starts around of the video.
Katsugi waza: This is a technique most often used to surprise your opponent. There is a time that you cannot find any openings after you tried everything.
This is the time for you to use a katsugi waza. So in katsugi waza, you lift your shinai towards your left or right shoulder instead of above your head and strike kote, men or do. So when you do this, you do it with full commitment. The katsugi to the left shoulder is more common than the one to the right shoulder. Oji waza Oji ouji waza is basically counterattack techniques. Before executing an oji waza, you should already win the mind game before actual striking happens. In other words, you should make your opponent to strike as you want ideal.
Nuki waza: Nuki waza is seen in kata No. You can avoid a cut to your men or kote by lifting your arms up kata No. In kata No. Suriage waza: Suriage waza is seen in kata No. Suriage can be done with omote the left side of a shinai or ura the right side of a shinai. Men-suriage-men and kote-suriage-men are most commonly used kendo techniques. Kaeshi-waza: Kaeshi waza is seen in kata No.
In kaeshi waza, your wrists rotates to strike a target. In kendo, men-kaeshi-do is most commonly used. Some people are good at kote-kaeshi-men. Kiriotoshi is the ultimate technique of Itto-ryu. Men-kiriotoshi-men is considered to be the most difficult technique. It is similar to ai-men both striking men but your sword cuts your opponent before your opponent cuts you.
So it looks like men strikes in kata No. However, uchiotoshi is two motions. Uchiotoshi waza is very rare in the modern kendo because strikes are too small for us to execute this technique.
Other Kendo Techniques There are more techniques that are not listed here. Some of the techniques listed here are already very advanced. So probably if you are not 4th dan or above, you do not have to worry about other techniques such as katate one-handed waza.
Kendo Techniques Guide