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May 13, 2009
by: Tony

I see it is very advanced! Thanks for the quick and accurate answer. Do you recommend I do not try this until I get to a certain level, or can I try it out in practise?

Tony Hardly-normal-do

Kendo-Guide.Com: Koyama sensei's gyaku-nuki-do. It is a good technique.

I started learning gyaku-do when I was 12 years old because of my left wrist injury. If you have a good instructor to teach you how to do it right, I don?t see why you should not practice.

However, it is an advanced do strike and you should practice the normal do more than gyaku-do. Here is why.

Samurai carried their swords on the left side of their body. If you tried to cut your opponent?s gyaku-do, that means you would have to cut the saya of the sword that your opponent pulled out and the kodachi or wakizashi (shorter sword) as well.

That is why gyaku-do is considered to be very advanced. If you strike gyaku-do, you have to put a lot of power in it because you have to cut through another sword. After you strike gyaku-do, you have to go backwards as you can see in the video above.

If you do not have an instructor to teach you properly, I do not recommend gyaku-do unless you are 3rd dan or above.

Hope this helps.

May 13, 2009
by: Tony

What do you mean by gyakudo? I haven't heard it before.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Gyakudo is the left do. Gyaku means "opposite" or "the other side". The normal do strike is the right do, so we call it gyaku (the opposite) do.

This word is used a lot so if you remember this, it may be very useful one day.

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