Changing grip against nito and jodan
When I was using nito against my sensei, he changed grip from only to his left hand or right hand. Why is he doing that?
I am sure you were puzzled. :) You see such switching against jōdan
. By grabbing a shinai
with one hand and switching your hands, it is hard for jōdan
to aim. Jōdan
cannot strike your right kote
if you have your shinai
only in your left (or right) hand, even for a second. Why grabbing the shinai in the right hand?
Usually we take hira seigan no kamae
points at the left hand of jōdan
). It is not a normal chūdan
. Thus, we can strike the left kote
of our opponent if they are not in chūdan
(ref: Datotsu to Hidari Kote
Theoretically, the left kote
is valid if your opponent is not in the normal chūdan
. So if you take hira seigan,
your opponent can strike your left kote
However, many do not strike the left hand because it is harder to be recognized as a valid cut. So many do not strike the left kote
in matches or shiai
Remember this: Switching only occurs briefly.
I think your sensei
tries to distract your focus. And probably he was successful because you were thinking “what the hell is he doing?”, right?
And I suggest that you should ask your sensei
why too. He may give you some different answers from what I gave you here!
for your kendo study.