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Dec 27, 2010
by: Matt

I have always thought 'fumikomi' is a misnomer and can be misleading for westerners.

Whenever Yamanaka Shigeki sensei (8-dan hanshi) visits us to teach he does not use the term fumikomi, but instead calls it fumikiri.

Because the stomp is not what is important about the footwork, it is often the result of properly done 'cutting' footwork, but people that are just trying to stomp, often are not cutting.

Kendo-Guide.Com: I agree with your opinion. Many misunderstand what fumikomi is really is.

You step or jump in (fumikomu) onto the right foot with fumikiri (kicking the floor off) with the left foot.

Refer to "Fumikomi Mechanism" for the meaning of fumikomi.

Many emphasise on fumikomi but it is not very important. The important thing is to deliver your body forward so you execute your cuts with the right posture.

This is more important than making a loud noise with fumikomi.

Thanks for your comment!

Dec 27, 2010
by: Olga

Thanks for your answer! I have never heard about fumikiri before, very interesting.

What I meant by "right foot" is that some people make noise even bend their right leg and then unbend it to touch the floor with the right foot with much more noise. (As if making noise is the most important thing in fumikomi.)

But actually I've got an answer, thanks.

Kendo-Guide.Com: You?re welcome! It is my pleasure to be a help!

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