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Old 07-08-2005, 05:49 AM   #1
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Sword Cuts In Shomenuchi

Hi all, just a useful tip..

I found that by doing 50 sword cuts with a heaven bokken then doing 100 with an ordinary weight bokken gives you an unreal workout, might wanna try this.
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Old 07-08-2005, 06:13 AM   #2
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Re: Sword Cuts In Shomenuchi

Probably, but is it good for your aikido?
From your earlier posts your a beginner in aikido?

Focus on quality, if you ingrain to many bad habits in the beginning it will be harder and harder to make them go away.

Better to do 1 really focused suburi then 100 sloppy.
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Old 07-08-2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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Re: Sword Cuts In Shomenuchi

I wasn't able to work out from the Kokyu Aikido Association website which form of Aikido (Iwama, Aikiki, Yoshinkan, etc) you are training in, but make sure you get your sensei to check your cutting technique. I thought I had a pretty straight cut when I started (cocky white belt - sheesh!), but then my instructor asked me if I was trying to be Zorro - my cut was all over the place. As said before, one cut performed with the proper concentration is better than 100 performed poorly.
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Old 07-08-2005, 03:34 PM   #4
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Re: Sword Cuts In Shomenuchi

True, you need to make sure you know how to make a proper cut with the bokken. Remember the top hand is the lever hand the bottom hand actually does the cutting.

As far as cuts, our shihan, Hiroshi Kato, the last time we met with him, that one should do a 1000 cuts a day. Trust me if you ever work with the man, his forearms are huge. since I have come back from the Houston, TX seminar, I have been doing the 1000 sword cut and it really builds the fore arms.
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Old 07-08-2005, 05:58 PM   #5
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Re: Sword Cuts In Shomenuchi

Yeah, but who wants forearms like Popeye? (eck eck eck, Oi'll saves ya, Olive!)

Seriously, make sure that the grip you have on the bokken is correct, and that you have good technique with every cut - it'll decrease the risk of developing shoulder, elbow and wrist problems later .
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:33 PM   #6
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Re: Sword Cuts In Shomenuchi

Quote:
Robert Fox wrote:
Yeah, but who wants forearms like Popeye? (eck eck eck, Oi'll saves ya, Olive!)

Seriously, make sure that the grip you have on the bokken is correct, and that you have good technique with every cut - it'll decrease the risk of developing shoulder, elbow and wrist problems later .
Great Popeye script.

Just to throw in my 2 cents, I wouldn't worry too much about the grip for a pretty long time. I recommend staying very relaxed, almost letting the bokken fall, keep the body weight along the blade, and a few other things. Probably most important would be the inhale and exhale at first, not the grip, etc. But that's just my opinion, FWIW

Mike
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