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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #034 - Niten Ichi Ryu Noda-ha Part II
March 10, 2010

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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #034 - Niten Ichi Ryu Noda-ha Part II

Thank you for reading the Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #034.

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- Kendo Q & A -

- Kendo Work Shop -

- Niten Ichi Ryu Noda Ha PartII -

- Comments or Questions -

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- Kendo Work Shop -

- How not to hit kote too hard

Niten Ichi Ryu Noda Ha Part II

I would like to talk about what I learned from an article about Niten Ichi Ryu  Noda-ha in this issue again. If you have not read the first one, you can read it here.

Don't Swing, Drop

I am actually surprised that they also say this. I myself always tell my students to drop their shinai instead of swinging down.

This concept is very important especially for beginners.  Once people see a target in front of them, they just want to swing their shinai down at their target.   This makes your strike a lot better and faster. If you have a problem with ki-ken-ta-no-icchi, a secret below will be very useful.

The secret is…

Deliver the body forward and drop your sword (feeling the weight of the sword).

Niten Ichi Ryu is not a school of two swords but of one handed cut

It is true that in "the Book of Five Rings" Musashi says it. He says that "The reason why I use two swords is to be able to control a sword with one hand, because in a real battle situation katana should be used with one hand".  

This is something we should really understand, isn't it?

Many lose control of their sword if they strike with only one hand, especially the left hand. It is because their strikes rely on the right hand strength.

Do kirikaeshi with only one hand. I guarantee you that your kirikaeshi will be a lot slower than the normal kirikaeshi with both hands and you do not feel that you are controlling the sword right.

Create a sculpture of Buddha but forget to put the spirit in it

This is a Japanese saying.  It means you can create a good and beautiful sculpture but without carrying a spirit/soul of the creator, the sculpture lacks the most important thing.

We have a lot of Buddha sculptures in Japan. Buddha is supposed to have good soul and spirit. But if a creator of Buddha forgets to put them, the sculpture is just a form.

Why do I introduce the saying?

The head instructor of this Niten Ichi Ryu dojo continues, "It does not matter what we do, we must act with makoto no kokoro (honesty and truth) ". Not just pretending to be nice. We have to mean it

Example in Kendo: When we get used to, say the basics, we tend to just do the basics without putting our soul and spirit in each strike.

Always with our true heat and honesty.

Kendo should be practiced not only at the dojo but also outside the dojo with our true heart and honesty. This is the ultimate goal of budo, I think.

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