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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General sword cut Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #21 New 09-25-2010 11:35 AM
sword cut I trained in kenjutsu and battojutsu (iaido) years ago. It really helped me with my aikido.

For example:
1. Ma ai - the critical distance. And if you are close enough to strike you are close enough to be struck.
2. Aikido strikes when you take ukemi. How to cut straight in shomenuchi and yokomenuchi.
3. How to use a sword. How to hold and handle a sword. Sword etiquette - like how to hand a sword to another person.
4. Of course tachidori as uke and tori.

In battojutsu I made a mysterious discovery.

When you draw a sword often you open your left hip by moving it backwards away from your drawing hand. That gives you more space to draw the sword.

Then my aikido teacher told me to try doing the opposite and see what happened. He told me to draw the sword by throwing my left hip forward - towards the drawing hand. It was amazing. It was just as effective - maybe even a fraction faster. You can try it with a bokken in your belt.

So to get a certain result (finishing up with a blade in your hands ready to use) you could do two exactly opposite body movements. Away from the sword and towards the sword.

I never forgot that. Sometimes white is black. Sometimes black is red. Sometimes there is another answer. And sometimes you have to do the opposite of what you think you should do.

Very cool picture: samurai sword used by kind permission of daliborlev http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_gonzales/3664052677/, photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_gonzales/. Thanks!

niall matthews 2010
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#1 10-04-2010 12:01 AM
zivk Says:
Thank you for sharing your discovery. I tried the draw you purpose at the dojo last week. At first, it seemed to me that my body "insists" on the movement it use to because it took me some tries to adjust. Indeed, it seems a little faster draw. Yaron suggested that before the draw one should turn his hip a little to the left, to compensate for the extra turning right.

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