Takizawa sensei visit report
He noted two points for us to keep an eye on:
- Make sure that when coming to face your opponent, you perform sonkyo at to-ma or far distance, in other words, don't cross swords but leave a small space between your sword tip and your opponent. The reason for this is very important he said, and it is because the closing of that gap is the main part of the battle in Kendo. You should both start by aiming at opponent's centre. If people start with swords crossed then often this creates fear of being struck and this leads to rash and ineffective attacks.
- When putting the sword away, we should be careful to understand and use the taito position. This position imitates the sword in its scabbard or saya. We should hold this position as we move the five steps backwards, and only after that lower the sword by our sides.
For more pictures of Saturday's training at Nanseikan and also the afternoon session at Kenshikan, see Shinoda sensei's blog: