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Niho Zenshin Niho Kotai Men Strike:
Men Strike with 2 Steps Forward and 2 Steps Backward

Niho zenshin Niho Kotai Men Strike is the next step form Zenshin Kotai Shomen Strike. 

This is not very different from Zenshin Kotai Shomen Uchi.

However, since this SEEMS easy to do because we just add another step forwards and backwards, we tend to practice this training with less concentration.

Footwork we use here is okuri-ashi, the basic footwork. And this part is the most important in this training, not striking.

Niho Zenshin means "two steps forwards". Niho Kotai means "two steps backwards".

One thins I really want to say here is …

Concentrate on footwork”.

This is how niho zenshin niho kotai shomen uchi is done.

Niho Zenshin Niho Kotai Shomen Uchi

  1. While lifting our sword up above our head, we take a step forwards onto the right foot. Just like we did in kyodo men. 
  2. As you strike men, snap up the left foot forward. Make sure that the left foot does not pass the right foot or get too close to the right foot. 
  3. Without going back to chudan (i.e. from the men position), lift our sword up above our head and take another step forwards onto the right foot. 
  4. As you strike men, snap up the left foot forward. Make sure that the left foot does not pass the right foot or get too close to the right foot. 
  5. Now we are going backwards. While lifting our sword up above our head, take a step backwards onto the left foot. 
  6. While striking men, snap the right foot backward. 
  7. As lifting our sword up above our head and take another step backwards onto the left foot. 
  8. While striking men, snap the right foot backward. 

We keep doing 1. to 8. until we hear "Yame!". 

1. 2.
Sword up
when stepping forwards
Strike Men
when left foot comes forwards
3. 4.
Sword up
when stepping forwards
Strike Men
when left foot comes forwards
5. 6.
Sword up
when stepping backwards
Strike Men
when left foot comes forwards
7. 8.
Sword up
when stepping backwards
Strike Men
when left foot comes forwards

COMMAND

  1. Niho Zenshin Niho Kotai Shomen Uchi. Hajime!
  2. Ichi, Ni, San, Shi, Go, Roku, Shichi, Hachi, Kyu, Jyu
  3. Yame!

Repeat the count from 1 to 10 as many times as you want. Then, command "Yame!"

KIAI
1. On each count, the practitioners strike two men. So they shout, "Men, men! "

So it is done as shown below.

Commander: Ichi
Practitioners: Men, men! (going forwards)

Commander: Ni
Practitioners: Men, men (going backwards)

Commander: San
Practitioners: Men, men (going forwards)

.

.

Commander: Jyu (going backwards)
Practitioners: Men, men

Commander: Ichi (going forwards)
Practitioners: Men, men

and continue until

Commander: Yame!

Some Important Points

As I mentioned earlier, we need to concentrate on footwork not striking. If we mess up our footwork here, it is harder for us to striking continuously.

Our strikes will be faster and stronger as we practice more and longer. But if our footwork cannot catch up with the faster and stronger strikes, we just cannot keep striking.

In the zenshin kotai shomen uchi section, I said it was important to pay attention to the sword-footwork coordination. We should acquire the coordination in zenshin kotai shomen uchi so it makes niho zenshin niho kotai shomen uchi easier to learn.

Footwork

I say the same things as I said in zenshin kotai shomen uchi.

No toes up while moving.

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