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Kenjutsu - Japanese Martial Arts Style
Kenjutsu is a Japanese martial arts focused on sword techniques. In contrast to Kendo, Kenjutsu is less focused on sparring and more on technique and katas. Nevertheless, sparring is still practiced to some degree in Kenjutsu. Tameshigiri or target cutting is also practiced in the art of Kenjutsu. In Japanese Bujutsu, Kenjutsu is often taught along side Iaijutsu which is the older art of sword drawing techniques that gave birth to the more modern Martial Art Iaido. There are traditionally 8 basic cuts used in Kenjutsu (though there are variations on these, they are as follows-
Other areas are also targeted in Kenjutsu typically the hands wrist and arms of an opponent, the opponent legs, and any other vulnerable target area that presents itself. There are 3 'types' of Blocking used in Kenjutsu, these are
There are 5 basic attitudes or positions In Kenjutsu, these are
1.Jodan no Kamae
Some of the basic equipment needed for Kenjustsu include a Dogi (top/shirt), Hakama (pants), kenjutsu obi (belt) and heavy duty white oak bokken (wooden training weapon approximating the weight and shape of a Japanese sword) for training.
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