08 March 2017

Sumi Sensei's Seminar 2017

SKC was fortunate enough to host Masatake Sumi sensei (8-dan hanshi) over 4 days. During that time, Sumi sensei shared his teachings on several aspects of Kendo with us. The following is a summary of the seminar:

25 Feb: 
Bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon waza keiko ho

Emphasis on continuous zanshin. Move in to cut only when motodachi opens. All cuts use suri-ashi, not okuri-ashi (ie. no crossing over of feet).

Three key points for zanshin
  1. Kiai must be continuous
  2. Keep watching your opponent
  3. Maintain a stable and correct posture


During his seminar, Sumi sensei addressed the topic of Kakarigeiko. Our conventional understanding of kakarigeiko usually goes along the line of continuously attacking to the point of exhaustion, but Sumi sensei goes one step further and explains what every kenshi should be focusing on and thinking about while doing Kakarigeiko.

He also emphasizes proper tai-atari (not fist to face, but to bring your hands low so as to engage at a stable position). In fact he mentions this several times throughout the seminar, that our sparring partners are not our enemies and we should avoid doing things that could potentially endanger them. 

Points for kakarikeiko
  1. Focusing on opponent's mind
  2. Approaching not waiting, little by little
  3. Expending all your energy on an attack
  4. Zanshin, make a proper distance
  5. Don't stop single attack and single breath but keep up attacking in the same breath especially if opportunity continues to present itself/if you don't connect your attack.


Elements & conditions of striking

Tachiai, should have fighting spirit, but keep it within you (unlike Shiai, fighting spirit is more apparent). Invite, "please hit me", but press in. One minute to hit your best strikes.

26 Feb:


Waza practice

28 Feb:

Waza Practice


Acknowledgements: Thanks to Singapore Kendo Club for hosting Masatake Sumi sensei and providing this opportunity to learn from a Hachidan Hanshi. Thanks also to Carey Loy for additional notes, and to Joyce Chia and Grace Lim for the supplementary videos.

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