Feet movement in hiki waza
Can hiki waza be correctly performed with suri ashi without stomping with the right foot when striking? (Smoothly moving backwards, and quickly)
What are the main points of correct feet movement in hiki and is there some certain foot-hand coordination (or some types of it) in hiki waza?Answer:
Thanks for your question and another good question.
This is also controversial and there are always two ways. With and without fumikomi
This is the golden rule: Do as your teacher tells you to do.
Having said that, I am going to share my knowledge with you.
Many say do hiki waza
with stomping. And also many including well-known sensei
s say without stomping i.e. suri ashi
Also there are two opinions about how we should do with the shinai
after hiki men
, which is we should lift our shinai
up after striking hiki men
and we should keep the shinai
down at the men
height after striking hikimen
If you do hiki waza
without stomping in shiai
(match), there is a strong possibility that you will not get a point. But if you execute a hiki waza
on a good opportunity and with good tenouchi
and good posture and kiai, you should be able to get a point.
I have gone through 3 kendō
how to books (Japanese) and 2 official instructional books (Japanese) just in case I could find something about footwork for hiki waza
Nothing about footwork nor shinai
after striking hiki men
Again we do not have one straight answer for this. But again when I said inFumikomi = stomping?
, my personal opinion is we do not have to do "stomping" when we strike hiki waza
What about lifting the shinai
over the head?
Since there are two ways, I think both of them should be accepted as the correct ways.My personal advice…
If you lift your sword up above your head after striking hiki men
, it makes you easier to go backwards. What it means is that you can go backwards faster so it makes it less likely for your opponent to catch up with you.
The stomping is, I think, to make the "hiki" (going backwards) movement faster and sharper.The correct hiki waza hand-feet coordination
is the one we do in kihon
1. When the left foot goes backwards, the sword should be lifted.
2. When you strike, the right foot should goes backwards following the left foot.
Hope this helps.