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Feb 26, 2016
Use them all
by: Frank

In my last shiai was a player that was equal to my (small) kendo skills - no one of us was able to score a point and we use all the time small cuts - so we got encho (extension time).

My first cut after start of the encho - was a big nice kihon men that puzzled the other player and ended the encho.

Train all cuts well - in special the basic big strikes - these strikes are the most powerful cuts and use all cuts when you play kendo.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing your experience! The big cuts are always good when you’ve done everything and cannot think of anything anymore. And then execute a big men cut or something you had not done in the shiai. That causes a surprise, one of shikai.

Feb 24, 2016
by: Anonymous

For a practical use example of a big cut is kote nuki men. The basic motion is to raise up for a big men strike as they try to attempt debana-kote. As they miss, swing down for a men strike.

Kendo-Guide.Com: That is a good example of a big cut! Thank you! Some techniques we don’t really see now are called gaba men and tobikomi dō. These are rather big cuts!

Feb 23, 2016
Big cuts
by: Anonymous

In my experience, you can't do fast, small cuts if you can't do big cuts. Making big furikaburi your foundation is immensely important because it develops a muscle memory for cutting straight and smoothly.

By the time I was getting better with big cuts and cutting straight with the mono-uchi, I gradually find myself able to do fast and small men-uchi and kote-uchi accurately.

In jigeiko, where movements are a lot faster and your partner is moving towards you, I'd recommend small cuts because it's faster. However, you can still do big cuts and score an ippon. It depends extensively on your timing and sense of distance, in my observation.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing your experience! Your comment reminded me about Three Opportunities to Strike! Thanks!

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