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Kiri-kaeshi speed

My question is based on something I observed from other dojos and practice videos from youtube. They tend to do kirikaeshi much faster than I do (I tend to do it in approximately 25-30 seconds). But in their speed they swing their shinai sideways instead of downward and upward. Their footwork is no longer okuri-ashi. So I have two questions:


1-Is this type of kirikaeshi correct? Does it serve a different purpose than slow one?

2- Should I also be doing it like this if they are doing this type of kirikaeshi in the dojo I visit? Or should I do it slow but focused on form?

Answer: Thank you for your questions. Your observation is really good!

1-Is this type of kirikaeshi correct? Does it serve a different purpose than slow one?

There are many ways to do kirikaeshi depending on its purpose. If it is a normal kirikaeshi, it should not be done with sideway swings. I know what you mean but I think that kirikaeshi has become more “popular” now because it is faster.

Kirikaeshi is a series of the basic cuts so it should be done based on the basics.


2- Should I also be doing it like this if they are doing this type of kirikaeshi in the dojo I visit? Or should I do it slow but focused on form?

Kirikaeshi should be done fast only when you can do it big and strong and correctly. And try to make it more smoothly rather fast. If you do it fast you get tense. When you get tense it is hard to do it correctly

So my advice is to focus on doing it correctly. If you can do it smoothly, then do it. If not, train to do it smoothly.

And the last thing is do what your teacher says to do.

Hope this helps!

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