(Melbourne, VIC, Australia )
I am told that I use too much right hand and put too much strength. How to avoid this problem? Can you be more specific as I am always confused about this point, furthermore, since I am not a lefty, how do you put on strength to left hand?
Thank you for your question. This is a very common question.
It is very normal that the right hand takes control over the left hand due to how we grab our shinai
. But if we let the right hand control the shinai
, we cannot strike right. Most of the time, people with too much right hand cannot learn a good tenouchi
. And moreover, you cannot improve your kendō
in the future.
Think like this. You have to grab your sword with the (almost) same amount of strength in both hands in order for us to strike well. It does not matter you are right handed or left handed, control your shinai
with both hands.
Now with the left hand, you should lift up your shinai
. And with the right hand you should stop your shinai. When you change the angle of your shinai
, you should turn your shinai
with the right hand. Of course, there is more to it but this is the "basic" mechanics.
Hope this helps.