Men-Do: how not to hit do with a shinai center
During Men-Do technique if motodachi moves back not quickly enough after a Men strike kakarite may appear too close to strike Do correctly.
Should kakarite stop himself in this case after a Men strike and wait until motodachi moves on correct distance? Or should motodachi be quicker in this technique? That is about keiko.
If such situation occurs during grading (motodachi moves slowly) what has kakarite do?Answer:
If you are practicing men
strikes, then motodachi
(receiver)should receive properly. It is motodachi
’s job to adjust the distance between motodachi
(striker) so kakarite
can learn strikes in the correct distance.Motodachi
is not a hitting dummy so it is very important for motodachi
to do his/her job.
Having said that, it is also important for kakarite
to know his/her own ma-ai
. Therefore, kakarite
also has to be aware of the distance.
thinks it is too close but the motodachi
does not adjust, kakarite
should adjust. We should be flexible like that.
In promotion exams (grading), it is a judgment call. Please refer to “What if motodachi fails during grading exam?
Hope this helps!