What about Tameshigiri?
Zenhihon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR) has Kendo (fencing) Seitei Iai (drawing the sword) even Jodo (short staff) but no Tameshi-giri (test cutting). Is there an explanation as to why? This would then cover all areas of basic swordsmanship.
I ask as I have just read Naked Blade by Toshishiro Obata dealing with Toyama ryu (military officer sword training), The Happo giri eight basic cuts (angles) and kata form 8 Happon me (test cutting / execution technique). This has now satisfied me as to all the other basic cuts (angles) not found in Kendo or Iai.Kendo-Guide.Com: Seitei Iai
forms consist of forms from different kenjutsu
schools. This is to integrate different schools with different styles. These forms are used for grading (promotion test) so that judges from different kenjutsu
schools can test examinees.
I believe that tameshi-giri
is practiced in each kenjutsu
school. I used to practice hōki
but unfortunately I just did tameshi-giri
one time. I did not have a chance to train in Japan many times so I am not familiar with what kenjutsu
schools do in their own dōjō
However, I know theｙ have their own training methods (including tameshi-giri
) and I am sure that they have their own grading system (traditional way).
I do not know about Mr. Obata or his writings well. I just know he studied many different kinds of martial arts and established his own style. So I cannot really comment on what you said here .
However, I am sure that old kenjutsu
schools have cuts that seitei iai
does not have. Remember, seitei iai
consists of many different kinds of styles and also it was initially designed for kendoists
(this was to popularize iaido
I personally think it is a good idea to learn iaido
. And also try to do tameshi-giri
. That really gives an idea of what really a sword does and also difficult it is to use a sword.
If you are suggesting that All Japan Kendo
Federation should promote kendoists
to learn iaido
, I agree with that.
I also think that as long as we do kendo
in the right manner, we are learning how to use a really sword as well. This is my personal view, I must emphasise.