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Difference and purpose betwen Each Type of Keiko

by Viany C.H
(Jakarta)



We know there is 4 type of keiko which are:


1. Kihon keiko

2. Uchikomi keiko

3. Kakari keiko

4. Ji keiko


(Please correct me if I said it wrong)

I am not quite sure about the difference of these four and its purpose in training, could you please give me brief explanations about it. Thanks for your answers.

Answer: We usually use geiko instead of keiko when keiko comes after a word like those. So I will use geiko for those words.


  1. Kihon-geiko: This means “training of the basics”. Thus, we train the basics of kendō.

  2. Uchikomi-geiko: In uchikomi, we keep striking targets that motodachi (receiver) lets us strike, i.e. openings. Strikes should be nice and big.

  3. Kakari-geiko: In kakari-geiko, kakarite (striker) keeps striking motodachi with small cuts. Unlike uchikomi-geiko, in kakari-geiko, kakarite can make an opening. The purpose of this training is to make ourselves tired really quickly. Therefore, this should be performed with 120% of our mental and physical energy.

  4. Ji-geiko: This is to test your kendō. It is translated as free sparring. Ji means “the fundamental” in Japanese. So we should train our fundamental of our true strength (physical and metal).

    That is we should not use “techniques” to get points too much. Instead, we should try to strike them with nice and correct strikes to train our true strength (physical and mental).



Hope these help. Please let me know if I confused you.

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