Kirikaeshi speed and distance
1. Quite often I see the kirikaeshi is performed in high speed during keiko or grading exams. And some senseis require high-speed kirikaeshi. Others talk about the slow-speed kirikaeshi, when every strike is very sharp and the motion is slow. So when dan grading what kirikaeshi is preferable?
2. When starting kirikaeshi what distance should be between the kakarite and motodachi: big distance when shinais are not touching or when kensens are touching?Answer:
Thank you for your questions.
1. The most important question is “Can you do it correctly?”.
If you cannot do it correctly, then it does not matter what dan
you are, you should not do it fast. The best thing is that you can do it correctly and smoothly.
a. Learn and perform it correctly and slowly
b. Make it smoother. (speed is not an issue here)
c. Make it sharper. (learn tenouchi)
d. Put everything together and challenge yourself (fast and strong) correctly.
e. Not being able to do it correctly when doing it fast? Go back to the slow kirikaeshi
2. Issoku ittō no ma
is always the basic distance. Now depending on intentions of senseis, you may be told to start from tō-ma
. I also prefer tō-ma
but I usually tell my students to start from issoku ittō no ma
Hope this helps.