1000 haya-suburi. What is the purpose?
by Valery Serezhkin
There is a kendo legend in Russia: Japanese kendokas do 1000 haya-suburi during the warm up. Sometimes even 2000 ones, but it is more often said about Korean kumdo-players. Is it true? If it is so, I am curious, why so many?
It did not surprise me at all. I used to do it when I was at high school. I am sure a lot of people in Japan and Korea do a lot of suburi
People think suburi
is warm-up but it is not. Suburi
is a training method when we do not have a training partner.
That is why we do a lot of suburi
. You do not have to do 1000 haya-suburi
. Just do 300 and 500 men
is a good method to check our form and to enhance our concentration. It can teach us if we are in control of our sword or not.
A lot of suburi
relax our shoulders; otherwise we cannot do so many. This simple method gives us patience and tips on how to fight “lazy self”.
Hope this helps.