Improving footwork.

by Jeong

I just restarted kendo after 6 months of rest. I've noticed that I'm pretty slow compared to other people in the dojo I'm attending. When we do drills on footwork, I have problems keeping my toes down or such...

Is there any way I can do to improve outside the dojo? Because it's only open on Mondays and Fridays.

Answer: Sorry for my delayed reply. If you don’t have a wooden floor at home, it could be difficult to train suri ashi. But it is not impossible.

When you glide forwards, your right foot must be lifted up a little bit so it does not stop you going forwards. You can start feeling it on the carpet floor too, if you do it right.

The key is that you can feel dust rolling between your toe and the floor (or the carpet). And do not drag your back foot.

It may take a while to get the hang of it but when you do you feel so right!

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