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Toyama Kumitachi Roppon Me (#6)
Gedan - Hidari Kesa
Uchidachi (Attacker): The Uchidachi prepares to begin this Kumitachi by raising his sword over his head to Jōdan Kamae, right foot remaining forwards. Stepping with the right foot first the Uchidachi makes three steps, ending the third step with a simultaneous downwards cut. From here the Shidachi should have stepped to the Uchidachiís left and Kesa cut to the neck. Take three steps backwards beginning with the left foot and to the right away from the Shidachi when the Shidachi steps forward. The kissaki is kept lowered for these steps. Make three steps forward as the Shidachi steps back, while raising your sword to Chudan Kamae. Maintain equal height to the Shidachiís sword while you both lower your swords to knee height. As the sword reaches below your waist, it should be turned clock-wise at 45 degrees.
Shidachi (Defender): As the Shidachi, begin stepping forward along with the pace of the Uchidachi and as the Uchidachi cuts downwards sidestep to the right. Following a deflecting motion, (again no contact with Iaito, deflecting with Bokken drills) hidari kesa to the neck. Pause briefly and raise your sword to Jōdan Kamae while making one step forward with the left foot. Pause and then take two steps back (starting with your right foot) while lowering your sword into Chudan Kamae. Swords should cross in the center of the room. Pause and then lower your sword slowly (count to three) allowing the Uchidachi to match your movement. As the sword reaches below your waist, it should be turned clock-wise at 45 degrees.