Faster Suburi

In our dojo we do suburi slow a few times then at "regular speed" a lot of times. My problem is, I can't keep up with the regular speed. I get out of rhythm after around 5-10 swings. Is there any way that I can make my swings faster?

Answer: Thank you for your question. I understand how you feel but this is the time you do not want to rush into the “fast strikes”.

I assume that you are a beginner, correct? If so, you want to concentrate more on keeping the right form. Then gradually make it smoother, not faster.

Trying to make your swing faster will cause a lot of problems such as tension in your shoulders, messing up your basics, not getting a good coordination and so forth.

Trust me you will catch up if you do things right and make them smoother. Do NOT force to make it faster.

Hope this helps you.

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May 30, 2012
Additional advice for "Faster Suburi"
by: Anonymous

Adding up to what Imafuji sensei just mentioned, don't rush when trying to swing in suburi. The purpose of doing suburi a little bit slower than the regular speed is for beginners to get a better grasp of how to do it.

Taking into mind proper form, footwork and also to get a feel of the "rhythm" before going faster or what in lame man's terms, regular speed. With enough practice and patience you'll get there :) and by the way, by any chance are you a member of the Iga-Kendo club?

The suburi session in that dojo usually starts of like that. Just curious.

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