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Nicole: Harai-Waza continued

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Re: Continue on Harai-Waza training, Wednesday 15/06/2016

This is a continuation from the training we had with Harai-Men. Last week, we learnt about Omote Harai-Men (hitting downward at 45 degrees from the right) and Ura Harai-Men (hitting 45 degrees upward from the left).

We focused our training on the Harai part. Sensei advised that it is important to have our wrist relaxed. We use our wrist to create the hit motion like pulling lever using both our wrists. The pivot point of the pulling/pushing motion should be centre of the handle of your Shinai. Sensei mentioned we can move our Kensen slightly off the centre to invite our opponent to enter into our hitting range to initiate this Waza. As your opponent entered to your hitting distance, you strike a Omote Harai-Men. As beginner, the most common mistake is that we often moved the Kensen to side way rather than at an angle of 45 degrees upward. Senpai advised that if we do it in an angle hitting downward, the gravity will assist downwa…

Nicole: Harai-Men Waza

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Re: Harai-Men Waza's Training on Saturday 11/06/16:

Harai-men is a good technique to use when you and your opponent has crossed Shinai for a long time and you need to create an opening to hit men. When the timing is right, you can swiftly raise your Shinai in angle and knock your opponent's Shinai off his center line.

There's two versions of Harai-Men:

Omote - (outside, from the right)

In this version, the footwork is very similar to Kote-men that we have practice. A small Fumikomi to knock the Shinai out of the way and another fully committed Fumikomi to hit Men. Sensei mentioned, your Shinai should rubbed the Shinai of your opponent on the right side and raise your Kensen by about 45 degrees and hit downward to knock the Shinai down. The hitting should be small and subtle like small Kote-men.

Ura - (inside, from the left)

In this version, the footwork is like Kihon footwork. You Seme to get closer to your opponent, lower your Kensen, hit 45 degrees upwards on the left and then…