Kirikaeshi hitting men or shinai
Why is it sometimes required to perform kirikaeshi (in bogu with men on) hitting men and sometimes hitting shinai?
Are there two different kirikaeshi with different goals? If so what is the goal of every of them?Answer:
Usually we let beginners hit our men
instead of shinai because beginners tend to aim at shinai. I am sure you see beginners looking at their opponent shinai and try to hit the sayu-shinai not men.
Also we can really learn how it should feel like when they strike men
This is also good to motodachi (receiver). Motodachi must let their kakarite (striker) use monouchi (the part between kensaki or the tip of the sword and nakajime or the leather part in the middle of shinai)
That means motodachi must learn the right distance, which changes from person to person.
Receiving with shinai. Many people think that kirikaeshi is led by kakarite, i.e. Kakarite can do kirikaeshi on their own time. It is true for beginners.
My sensei, Miyazaki sensei, told me that kakarite must adjust their speed of striking to the motodachi’s blocking speed. Which makes totally sense because motodachi is a teacher side so they lead the training.
I believe that this teaching is not very common for all of the kendoists so keep it as reference.
Also motodachi can train suri-age and uchi-otoshi (more like suri-komi) techniques depending on how to use their shinai.
However, this is very hard to do even if I show you how to do it, so I don’t write how this time. Also it seems like many people do not apply this method so your teacher may now know about this.
I show this in one of the videos, Sotai-Dosa: kirikaeshi
. (The video is at the very end of the Kendo Video Download Page
merits so please read this carefully and if you have more questions, please let me know.