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Old 09-23-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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Re: Sword Cutting names

Ralph Martin wrote: View Post
Lately, I have been working on a kata that involves all eight cuts I found in an old Iaido book. But the names are a bit confusing to me. Any input would be greatly appreciated. This is what I think the correct names are; all cuts are viewed from the nage or practioner point of view:

Shomen Uchi - vertical overhead strike (high to low)
hidari kesa giri - from upper left to diagonally lower right
hidari ichimonji giri - horizontal cut left to right
hidari joho giri - from lower left to diagonally upper right
kiri age - vertical upper cut (low to high)
migi joho giri - from lower right to diagonally upper left
migi ichimonji giri - horizontal right to left
migi kesa giri - from upper right to diagonally lower left

Don't know if this explains it well, but this is the best I can do for now.
Any help appreciated.
I think you are going to find the terms differ from one dojo and teacher to another. We don't use those exact terms in my dojo. We just use kesa (your hidari kesa giri), gyaku kesa (your hidari joho giri), yoko, tsuki, morote tsuki, shomen, etc. I know that wasn't helpful at all....

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