Class began with an examination of kamae, taisabaki and ashi sabaki, before moving into practice of yoko nagare from Seigan No Kamae. After this a brief history of the development and military context of Japanese swords was given, leading into suburi tanren (cutting practice), examining the correct use of kotsu and avoiding under or over swing. This lead into our practice Tsukekomi and Tsukigake of Kukishin Ryū Bikenjutsu, as well as their associated Sayugyaku. We examined the different strategies at play and key points or kaname of each, as well as their relationship to kihon.
Following on from this the history, use and features of the swords of Togakure Ryū, before practice of the first three of the Kamae no Kata – Ichi No Kamae, Seigan No Kamae and Chūdan No Kamae. The control of the oppenents hips and shoulders was looked at, as well as the use of position in each kata and their use of structure and positioning.
Learning Kihon Happō requires learning things other than Kihon Happō, like Happō Biken, Bugei Juhappan, and Ninja Juhakkei. By learning these other things, you will eventually come to understand Kihon Happō – Hatsumi Sensei