Breathing before attack
by Fabrizio Sartorelli
This summer I participate in a Kendo Seminar with Ota Sensei.
And he emphasised that a big men had to be made in 1 movement/timing. Looking at him it seemed to breathe while in chudan
and keeping and pushing air down towards belly/stomach. When he executed a big men
, he released the air but only while hitting. At least that is how I saw it....
Do you agree with this?
Could we say we do kiai
to push the air down and get stronger ankle/belly/stomach and then quickly we do seme
and attack (without breathing any more during this) and at last releasing the air while hitting?Answer:
Thank you for your question. I think you wondered why Ota sensei
did not have a kiai
before he executed a big men
This is how I want to see my students do kiai
. In the basics, I want them to have a long kiai
before they strike and build up their ki
inside them. Then, when they are fully charged, they should strike.
Not many beginners or students know when they are fully charged. So the easiest way to develop a strong kiai
, shout a lot and long and before you are out of breath, you execute a strike.
and 8th dan
do not shout much. Some of them don’t shout at all. That is because they do not have to. When they have to they do. Why they don’t have to? They are fully charged all the time.
As Ota sensei
told you guys, all the strikes must be executed with hito-hyoushi
(one movement/rhythm) unless you are practicing san-kyodo or nikyo-do.