We all know how to take taito so I would like to explain how to draw your sword.
Nuke is "to draw" and "To" is a sword. In this case, "To" is a shinai.
On this command, push out your shinai a little forward (Picture 1) and start drawing your shinai towards your opponent (Picture 2). At the same time, take a small step forward onto the right foot (Picture 3).
* When drawing the shinai with the right hand, the left hand stays still
Flip your sword forward as if you are slashing your opponent. And grab
the shinai with the left hand too (Picture 5).
When you stop here, you are ready to go. That means you are in the chudan position.
Picture 1: Front
Picture 2: Front
Picture 1: Side
Kendo Video: How to Draw Your Sword
Sit in Sonkyo
Twist the left foot (Picture 6)so that both heels meet together (Picture 7). And slowly let your body move down until your butt touches the heels
(Picture 8). That is called sonkyo.
Picture 6: Close-up
Picture 7: Close-up
Picture 8: side
* Until you get used to the sonkyo position, you may feel unstable. Keep
practicing. Do not lean forward when you are in sonkyo.
"Kamae-te" means "take a stance". In this case, take chudan.
On a command of "Kamae-te", stand up and quietly be in the chudan position (Picture 9).
Since your heels are together when you come up from the sonkyo position, you have to twist the left foot back so that the left toe faces towards the front (Picture 10).
Now you are ready to practice.
Picture 9: Side
Chudan directly from sageto
We take chudan from sageto when we hear a command, "Kamae To". Now do not confuse it with "Kamae-te". Kamae-te is actually an order form of a verb, kamaeru.
"Kamae To" is actually saying, "Draw your sword and be in the chudanposition".
If you are not familiar with Japanese, it may be hard but you can get used to it. Just practice.
* Even though you take chudan from the taito position, we must take the taito position first and then draw our sword. So the sequence is actually...
1. Sageto Position
2. Taito Position
3. Draw the sword
(Picture 1 to 5)
4. Be in the chudan position.
Please do not skip the taito position because that is the place we wear our sword.