Section 4: Training Basics

4.1 Ashi sabaki (footwork)

Okuri ashi This is the most basic footwork in kendo. It consists of sliding the front (right) foot, toes first, forwards about 40cm and the bringing the back ( left ) foot up behind to the basic standing position (Chudan no kamae). This foot movement can then either be repeated or it may lead into […]

4.2 Kihon (basic cutting on the opponent)

Kihon includes basic attacking techniques often involving an opponent and is absolutely fundamental to our kendo training. Beauty in kendo comes from our kihon training – without kihon there can be no beauty in kendo. Kihon involves countless repetitions of basic attacking and cutting techniques during which we strive to improve our basics, the posture, […]

4.3 Kamae (basic stances)

Chudan no kamae The first and most important kamae is the Chudan no kamae (centre kamae). The feet are approximately one walking step apart with the left foot to the rear and left heel approximately 2 cm off the ground. The right foot is forward with the heel approximately 2 mm off the ground. Both feet should point […]

4.4 Maai, Kiai, Zanshin, Metsuke and Mokuso

Maai (distance from the opponent) The distance you maintain between yourself and your opponent is vitally important both for protection and to enable correct cutting. The various maai will be described to you in your training and they are: To maai Issoku itto no maai Chika maai The most commonly used maai is Issoku itto no […]
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