Kirikaeshi main points for mudansha
What points in kirikaeshi should mudansha concentrate his/her attention on during training? And what can be expected from mudansha in kirikaeshi during grading exam?
For example, if you are grading on 6-4 kyu you should demonstrate strong kiai and knowledge of basic movements or so.
If you are grading on 3-1 kyu you should demonstrate strong kiai, maai, correctness and accuracy of strikes (or may be speed? i.e. you should be quick more than accurate in strikes or vice versa; you should move in steps or jumping, etc.).
I understand that every sensei has his/her own criteria, so please share your opinion here or some other points of view you are familiar with.Answer:
In my opinion, up to 1 kyu, we should acquire the bascis. The basics include
- loud kiai
- big cuts
- maai (distance)
- foot work
(good okuri-ashi performance)
- ki ken tai icchi
For 1 kyu,
- should perform all of the above with smooth (not fast) movements.
- in jigeiko
, I would like to see small cuts for 1 kyu grading
I don’t give 1 kyu when I see
- ayumi-ashi or tsugi-ashi
before striking in the basics and
- bad arm-foot coordination in kirikaeshi
Arm-foot coordination seems very difficult in kirikaeshi
especially when a striker is going backwards.
What they have to do is
- to have their sword up when the left foot goes backwards. And
- when striking the right foot comes backwards.
This is very important to get the real understandings of ki ken tai icchi