Re: Sword Cutting names
You can get a sense of what the names mean by breaking down the Japanese vocabulary:
sho = front
men = head
uchi = strike
So, for example, shomen uchi is a strike at the front of your opponent's head.
hidari = left
migi = right
A kesa is a sash or stole worn by monks, extending from the left shoulder to the right hip. It is used in a metaphorical context here, to indicate a diagonal line from the shoulder to the hip.
giri = cut
ichimonji = a horizontal line
I'm not sure about joho, but it is often attached to the beginning of words to indicate "upward".
age = rising
Hope that helps.
Last edited by Ian Keane : 10-01-2010 at 11:06 PM.