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Toyama Kumitachi Yonhon Me (#4)
Gedan - Suihei
Uchidachi (Attacker): Before you begin this Kumitachi, raise your sword to Jōdan Kamae while stepping forwards on your left foot. Be sure you’re making these moves in a single simultaneous motion. The sword should be tilted slightly to the right to begin the Kumitachi. Make three steps forward starting with your right foot, and make a gedon cut on the third step. Wait for the Shidachi to bring their sword to your neck and take three small steps backwards starting with your left foot, then when the Shidachi moves back to the center while raise your kissaki to cross your opponent’s sword. Maintain equal height to the Shidachi’s 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): Before you begin this Kumitachi, allow the Uchidachi to prepare, then when he has brought his left foot forwards and his stance is ready, slightly tilt your sword at point it at their right wrist. Approach the Uchidachi at a similar rate, and just before the downwards Gedan cut is made Suihei to the right hand side, making sure to move enough to evade your opponents downwards Gedan. Draw your sword’s Kissaki upwards slowly to your opponent’s throat, while taking a step back on the left foot to regain a proper stance. The Shidachi should take three steps to the left and back to center themselves starting with the left foot. The legs should never cross during these steps. As these steps are taken the kissaki should remain at the height of your opponent’s throat and you should finish in Chudan Kamae. 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.
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