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Toyama Ryu Kata - Happon Me (#8)
Happon Me (八本目) Itto Dodan (一刀土壇)
#8 Single stoke execution
Stand with both feet even and the hands down at the sides and slightly forward. The knees should be slightly bent, the back straight, and the body relaxed. There is one enemy kneeling on the ground to the front. The right foot is slid to the right to achieve a wide stance. As the right foot begins to slide to the right, the right hand should move the grasp the tsuka (handle) and the left hand should move to the top of the saya. The katana should be loosened from the saya by pushing on the tsuba with the thumb of the left hand. The katana should be drawn horizontally with the edge forward. At the beginning of the draw the saya is shifted forward and rotated. The katana should be completely out of the saya when a wide stance is achieved. The katana is moved to an overhead position as the left hand moves to the tsuka (handle) and the body is raised up. A Gedon Giri (Low vertical cut with the kissaki ending level with knee) is then performed as the body is dropped down into a squatting position. The back should be kept straight and cut should end with the monouchi (last foot of the blade) horizontal. The kissaki should be raised to throat level as the body is raised back up.
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