Different ways of going backwards in hiki
I've seen two ways of shinai
movement in hiki waza
. When we strike and our shinai
meets a target (men
) it bounces up and back. And here some people:
1) Almost immediately move shinai
down so that kensen
points into the opponents throat/face and in that position go backwards;
2) Leave shinai
as it bounced (if it was a men
is above the head e.g.) and in that position go backwards. When they almost stop going backwards they move shinai
back in chūdan
1. What are advantages and disadvantages of every variant? (Why do some people choose one and other choose another?)
2. What variant is more preferable to practice?
3. Is it ok when shinai
bounces back too much or while striking we should try to hold it on the goal (men, kote, do) not to allow it bounce?Answer:
This is a nice question. Mainly we practice the second one. When we strike a hiki men
, our shinai
goes up above our head. This helps us to go backwards more quickly too.
Now it is also true that there are many sensei
s who suggest doing the first one. These sensei
s, I think, are seeking a more authentic style.
If you think about it, if we used a real sword, we wouldn’t execute a hiki men
like we do with a shinai
. But since kendo
involves rapid movements (forwards and backwards), we need to go backwards really fast to avoid a chase from our opponent.
I personally think that’s how the current hiki men
style was developed. This is only my guess. OK?
In my opinion, since the first hiki men
is the one most used in Japan too, we should practice that.
As long as you practice kendo
, you may meet a sensei
who tells you to keep you sword at a men
height after hiki men
I have met several sensei
s who advocated the second hiki men.
I suggest you should ask him/her why we have two different ways.
If you participate in a tournament, I suggest doing the second one so that you can go backwards faster.
I think both hiki men
is alright, as long as we have our tenouchi
The important thing is that you should not get attacked after you struck and your opponent should feel that you stuck him/her really good.
Hope this helps.