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What makes perfect Shomen Uchi and Haya Suburi?

by Ray Steward
(Los Angeles)

I’m pretty new to kendo but after training for some time, I've gotten to like it a lot.


I'm going to be participating in a kendo competition, but as I'm still a beginner I won't compete in shiai, but in Shomen Uchi and Haya Suburi.

I've been in Taekwondo Poomsae competitions before, so I assume it’s similar, being judged on form and accuracy, but are there any things I have to take note of or any tips? Thanks in advance!

Answer: Thank you for your question! It is very exciting, isn’t it?

First off, please do ask your teacher for advice as well. Your teacher is your guidance.

If I am a judge, I am looking at how well you put on your keikogi and hakama. And then…

  • Your manner and etiquette,

  • How loud you are (kiai),

  • How big you swing your sword,

  • How well you perform ki-ken-tai-icchi.


These are the main things. Then I will look at more detailed like the height of your kensaki is when striking men. And hikitsuke, the positions of your shoulders, elbows and feet.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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