Strike is not fast enough
How to make the blow more rapid and precise?
I practice not so long and saw that it is not quite sharp and agile. It should be like a thunderbolt, but something viscous, smooth.
I feel that I have enough speed.
Hands? How should they work correctly during the strike?
Thank you for answer.Answer:
Thank you for your question. It is very hard to answer but if I must answer it in a short form, then all I can say is “practice”.
However, I know that is not an answer you and others are looking for. :)
Please look at the followings that are necessary to make your strikes fast.
- Physical strength: a lot of physical training including kendo, gym and etc.
- Timing: the right timing must be learned in order to strike quickly (seems quick to your opponent)
- Learn ki-ken-tai-icchi: perfect ki-ken-tai-icchi creates an amazing strike.
- Distance: Know your ma-ai. You can reach your opponent with one step but your opponent can’t reach you with his/her one step.
- Good tenouchi.
If you TRY to swing fast, you become tense so you cannot strike fast. You should be able to strike in a nice and relax manner.
If you are young, train as hard as you can. Lot of kakari
will give you a solid kendō
If you are not capable of hard training, you should be focusing on timing and distance (ma
). Of course, we should push ourselves as hard as we can, but not until the breaking point. Once you get hurt, you will have to stop training for a long time. That sucks.
Speed is important but not as important as ma-ai
(distance) and ma
(timing). It does not matter how fast you are, if the timing and distance to strike are wrong, you cannot even reach a target.
Do not make your strikes too small to gain speed. You might hit a target but your kendō
will tend to become a hitting game. That is something we should really avoid.
Hope this helps.