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May 05, 2014
by: Rex

Well you should do what my teacher told me. Imagine you’re like a wave then at the last minute grip... grip hard with your right so you should swing with your left but grip with your right. Not so hard that it’s flexing but just hard enough.

My sensei told me it should be as if your flowing and it’s a soft shot then... snap your wrist and squeeze with your right hand. What I do is just practice with left hand practice big motions and if possible practice with bokken.

Good luck comrade

All the best,


Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing your experience! Just to add so people do not misunderstand by “squeeze”. You should not squeeze in your hands when striking too much. Just turn your wrists as if you are drying a linen cloth (chakin: used for tea ceremony). You do not squeeze like a towel. It will cause a problem later.

Mar 29, 2014
Swift and strong swing
by: RFox

I cannot over emphasize the value of suburi at home. Suburi allows you to find the correct swing. With suburi you will develop the swing that allows you to swing quickly. But you have to treat suburi as practice not has mere repetitions to some extent.

Many people don't practice suburi at home for a variety of reasons (excuses). The biggest reason I hear is a low ceiling. To those people I recommend doing suburi siting in a chair, or, if you want to practice your seiza at the same time sitting in seiza.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing your opinion. If you want to practice the hand-footwork coordination but the ceiling is too low, do suburi without shinai. To learn coordination, you don’t need a shinai but you must focus.

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