Shinai with lengthened tsuka
Are there any special shinais with intentionally lengthened tsuka so that the distance between left and right hand are about 3 or 4 fists?
What is its name and what is it used for?
(I met one person who told that he had a special shinai
with lengthened tsuka
techniques. But I've never heard about special shinai
s for kaeshi
Thank you for your post. I do not think there are names for any specially made shinai
But people tend to ask their kendo
equipment supplier to make a special shinai
for them (custom made) or they add their touch
to their shinai
For example, I prefer a shoter tsuka
to a long tsuka
. But some people prefer a longer tsuka
because, as you mentioned, it is easier to implement kaeshi waza
or hiki waza
People who take jōdan
tend to have a longer tsuka
. I am not too sure why but I guess it gives more mobility to their shinai
control when they have their shinai
above their head.
For your reference, it is said that
- Dōbari shinai is good for ōji waza such as suriage,
- Chokutō (super straight) shinai is good for attacking,
- the long tsuka is good for hiki waza,
- if the weight is on the kensaki side, it is for attacking, and so on.
I’m sure there are more variations of shinai
Hope this helps.