Should kensen bounce up in suburi?
When we make suburi (men, kote, do) should kensen bounce up because of tenouchi or it has to stop sharply at some level without bouncing up?
I saw some senseis emphasize that the tip of shinai bounces vertically up as if we stroke real men or kote, not imaginary ones. Some other senseis say that we have to stop shinai sharply in suburi.Answer
: What is your sensei
’s opinion? I tell my students to stop their kensaki
(the tip of the sword) at whatever the target they are striking in suburi
It is very important for many people to get the hang of controlling a sword, which takes a long time and millions of suburi
Many people bounce their shinai
up because they are not really controlling their shinai
. In other words, their shinai
bounces up because they are stiff. This is true for most of beginners.
In my opinion, bouncing up is a result of “hitting a target”. So if you are not hitting a target, a shinai
should not bounce up.
When people cannot control their shinai
so cannot stop their shinai
at a target sharply, I tell them to do suburi
at speed they can stop their shinai
It is my opinion.
Hope this helps.