Kenjutsu of the Kashima Shin Ryu
The Kenjutsu of the Kashima school shin ryu is taught according to the traditional method of practice of Kata for two. These preparation exercises are carried out as realistically as possible in order to allow the practitioners to acquire the basic principles of the use of the saber.
Thereafter, they can be used more freely without restricting themselves to predetermined rigid shapes such as constant rhythms, sequences, positions.
For this reason, the advanced training of Kashima shin ryu are considered as flexible patterns and not a sequence of rigid movements.
The training of Kashima shin ryu consists of the following series of exercises:
Five basic kata where all the curriculum of this saber school is represented.
Ten kata that will lead practitioners to apply the techniques as they approach each other and calculate the engagement distance and timing. With this series, we are led to understand that the techniques of the school of Kashima shin ryu are not reactive. This approach is completely different from strategies based on countering an attack already under way.
Five kata that will lead practitioners to master a situation in which both parties try to use the same movements against each other.
Ten kata where practitioners learn to master the initiative, it is the defending partner who encourages the aggressor to respond with a technique to regain the advantage and the defender is thus led to execute a technique of the highest level.
Ten kata to learn how to master battlefield techniques at a time when warriors were wearing traditional Japanese armor and dueling from a distance. These techniques exploit weak points of the armor and use mechanical principles to unbalance the opponent.
These exercises lead practitioners to master the clashes from the moment they are on guard against an experienced opponent.
These exercises are executed with a real Japanese sword, practitioners learn to master the clashes while the saber is still in its sheath, they will have to face the attack by drawing their saber and taking control of the situation. The practice is done alone and can be done to two in order to develop the skill and make explicit the confrontation.
It is oral instruction, it gives life and meaning to the exercises by ensuring that they are performed correctly, that their meaning is clearly understood and that they are carried out according to the philosophy of Kashima shin ryu.
Satsu Jin Tô · Katsu Jin Ken
(The saber that kills · The sword that gives life)
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