KENDO TECHNIQUES

A video guide for beginners.


Shikake-waza: attack techniques.

In Kendo, offensive techniques are called Shikake-waza, they includes techniques like Harai-waza (obviating), Debana-waza (intercepting), Hiki-waza (backward) and Maki-waza (rolling). Shikake-waza represents attacks that you initiate, that you launch at your opponent.

1. Renzoku-waza: Consecutive techniques (ni-dan, san-dan)

a) Kote-men
b) Men-do
c) Kote-do
d) Men-men
e) Kote-men-men
f) Kote-men-do

2. Debana-waza: intercepting technique.

a) Debana-men
b) Debana-kote
c) Debana-tsuki

3.Harai-waza: warding off the opponent's shinai technique.

a) Harai-men (omote)
b) Harai-men (ura)
c) Harai-kote

4. Hiki-waza: stepping back technique from tsubazeriai.

a) Hiki-men
b) Hiki-kote
c) Hiki-do
d) Men-taiatari-hiki-men
e) Kote-men-taiatari-hiki-do

5. Maki-waza: rolling the opponent's shinai technique.

a) Makiage-kote
b) Makiage-do
c) Makiotoshi-men
d) Makiotoshi-tsuki

6. Katsugi Waza: bringing the shinai to the shoulder before striking.

a) Katsugi-men
b) Katsugi-men (migi)
c) Katsugi-men

Oji-waza: counter-attack techniques.

Defensive and counterattacking techniques of Kendo are called Oji-waza and includes a variety of techniques such as Nuki-waza (dodging), Suriage-waza (deflecting) and Kaeshi-waza (blocking). You execute those techniques against your opponent as a counterattack.

1. Suriage waza: sliding upward technique.

a) Men-suriage-men
b) Kote-suriage-men
c) Kote-suriage-kote

2. Kaeshi-waza: block-counter technique.

a) Men-kaeshi-men
b) Kote-kaeshi-men
c) Kote-kaeshi-kote
d) Men-kaeshi-do
e) Tsuki-kaeshi-men

3. Nuki-waza: avoiding technique.

a) Men-nuki-men
b) Men-nuki-kote
c) Men-nuki-do
d) Men-nuki-gyaku-do
e) Kote-nuki-men
f) Kote-nuki-kote

4. Uchiotoshi-waza: striking-down technique.

a) Men-uchiotoshi-men
b) Do-uchiotoshi-men
c) Kote-uchiotoshi-men
d) Kote-uchiotoshi-kote
e) Tsuki-uchiotoshi-men