Bokken Shomenuchi

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Bokken Shomenuchi is a striking technique in Aikido Ken-Gi one, or sword form one. Learn the Bokken Shomenuchi overhead strike from a 5th degree Aikido black belt and martial arts hall of fame inductee in this free martial arts training video.

Part of the Video Series: Aikido Sword Fighting: Ken-Gi One
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For this section we're going to start looking at ken-gi, or sword form one. We'll draw, the first motion for this technique is shomenuchi, the overhead strike. I come up through my center and I cut with a good shomen. A good shomen is projecting, is leading the tip of the sword out and away. It's as if I'm casting the sword. So I'm here, I come up, cut. Good movement from center, casting the tip as if there were an apple or some piece of fruit on the end of your sword and you're flicking it off. I come up, cut. Shomenuchi. We want to have harmony between the drop of the blade and the centering of my motion here. As my body comes to position, the sword comes to position. They come together, simultaneously. That's where the power is at. If it gets discombobulated, my hips are there first or the sword's there first, we lose all the power of the strike. Up, shomenuchi. That's the first portion of ken-gi one.

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