Kihon drills

Tora Kihon Training Programme

 

 

Kihon (basics)

 

 

Suburi – cutting practice (literally to swing).

 

Jogei Buri

 

These suburi drills work as a warm up, large cuts forwards from above the head down to knee height. Forwards and backwards, Sensei/Sempai shouts one to ten in Japanese (Ichi – Ni – San – Shi – Go – Roku – Shichi – Hachi – Kyu – Ju) whilst cutting.

 

3 movement suburi

 

These suburi drills work on all elements of a basic cut in Kendo. Chudan no Kamae (basic stance), correct swinging action (raising the shinai), and correct finish to the cut (cut height and target point).

 

From Chudan no kamae Sensei/Sempai shouts Ichi – students lift hands above the head and keep the tip of the sword (kensen) 45 degrees above the head.

 

Sensei/Sempai shouts Ni – students step forward and cut the target (Either men, kote, sayou men, Dou).

 

Sensei/Sempai shouts San – students step back to Chudan no kamae.

 

Sensei/Sempai keeps the count in English after each cut (One to Ten), and then starts again. For example Ichi – lift hands, Ni – cut, San – back to Chudan “one!” Ichi – lift hands, Ni – cut, San – back to Chudan “Two!” etc.

 

2 movement suburi

 

These suburi drills build on the basics covered in 3 movement suburi, making the action faster and more fluid.

 

From Chudan no Kamae Sensei/Sempai shouts Ichi – students step forward and cut the target (Either men, kote, sayou men, or Dou).

 

Sensei/Sempai shouts Ni – students step back to Chudan no kamae.

 

Sensei/Sempai keeps the count in English after each cut (One to Ten), and then starts again. For example Ichi – step forward and cut, Ni – back to Chudan “one!” Ichi – step forward and cut, Ni – back to Chudan “Two!” etc.

 

 

 

1 movement suburi

 

These suburi involve multiple cuts, one cut forward and one cut backwards. Similar to Jogei Buri. Cuts from above the head to the target height (Either men, kote, sayou men) forwards and backwards.

 

Sensei/Sempai shouts one to ten in Japanese (Ichi – Ni – San – Shi – Go – Roku – Shichi – Hachi – Kyu – Ju) whilst cutting. It is important to stop the cutting action after each strike before making the next cut, do not bounce the shinai backwards and forwards.

 

For example forward, Ichi! Cut – stop, backwards, Ni! Cut – stop, forward, San! Cut – stop, backwards, Shi! Cut – Stop and so on.

 

 

Haya Suburi

 

Jumping suburi, these involve jumping forwards and backwards whilst swinging the shinai over the head and cutting men.

 

From Chudan no kamae Sensei/Sempai shouts “Kamae!” students lift the sword above the head and shout “Ya!”

 

Sensei/Sempai shouts “Hajime!” (Start).

 

As Sensei/Sempai starts the count in Japanese students jump forward and cut men. Students then jump back and lift the sword above the head, Sensei/Sempai then continues counting whilst students jump forward again and cut men, students then jump back and raise the sword above the head.

 

For example, Ichi – jump forward and cut men, jump back sword above the head…

 

Ni – jump forward and cut men, jump back sword above the head…

 

San - jump forward and cut men, jump back sword above the head…

 

Shi - jump forward and cut men, jump back sword above the head.