Re: Hey guys
Hi David, welcome to the forums.
To your question, I *think* what your seeing is that Saito-sensei also drew the sword back to about horizontal, but then at the start of the downward cut the movement drops the blade back first, sometimes almost to vertical. I don't think 'anyone' holds a jodan position with the sword lower than horizontal.
My preference, incidentally, is for a jodan position of about 45 degrees up, and the sword dropping to about horizontal as the downstroke begins, but YMMV a lot, depending on the school and type of swordwork you do.
In general, I'd advise to be aware of different styles as much as possible, but practice what your sensei shows you in the way he shows you, at least for a few years. Often there isn't one best way to practice anyway, just a matter of where your emphasis is in the training.
Last edited by Tim Griffiths : 12-01-2008 at 11:27 PM.