I am very excited to announce the release of the Secrets of Japanese Swordsmanship, “The Hidden Movements”. The material presented in this video is the culmination of over 30 years of practice and teaching. During that time I have watched as students and Instructors struggled with the essential elements of the five primary movements of the Sword, the Nukitsuke (drawing the sword), the Furikaburi (raising the sword), the Kiritsuke (the cut), the Chiburi (shaking off blood) and the Noto (closing the sword). These basic techniques are the foundation of the use of the sword. If the vital points of these movements are not understood and correctly executed the techniques will be ineffective and each Kata made meaningless.
In this 2 disc, 2 hour 20 minute video I have broken down each of these five movements and presented them step by step, point by point, with an explanation of the purpose of each one of the points. The timing of the left and right hands are shown at each point for the proper execution of each technique! Next, there are a variety of drills for each movement with a set purpose of improving a particular part of the movement. For example, one of the drills in the Nukitsuke chapter breaks down the draw into 3 distinct parts depicting what happens in each part as to speed and hand position. I devoted one hour alone to the execution of the Nukitsuke! Here is a brief outline of what is included in the video:
Nukitsuke breakdown into 15 points of release with supplemental drills, common mistakes. Proper timing of execution from seiza.
Furikaburi breakdown into 9 points of execution with supplemental drills, common mistakes.
Kirioroshi breakdown into 9 points of execution with supplemental drills, common mistakes.
O-Chiburi breakdown into 14 points of execution with supplemental drills, common mistakes.
Noto breakdown into 17 points of execution with supplemental drills for all 3 levels of Muso Shinden Ryu, the Shoden, Chuden and Okuden. Common mistakes.
Each movement is addressed as to beginner and advanced practitioner depending on ones’ abilities. The common mistakes section will help beginners avoid developing bad habits before they start while helping instructors recognize and correct these mistakes in themselves and in their students.
Roger Wehrhahn, Shihan began his Martial Arts training in 1969 in Kearny, NJ with an excitement that has now spanned almost three and a half decades. The training consisted of traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do and Kobudo (weapons). In 1980, he began attending as many intensive seminars and training sessions as he could find in the arts of Ken Jutsu and Iai (technique of the sword). In 1984, Shihan began his formal training under Mitsuzuka Takeshi, Sensei at a summer long series of seminars in NYC and by September, that very same year, was in Tokyo Japan Studying iaido at the hombu dojo. Shihan Wehrhahn holds the rank of 6th Dan in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido in the San Shin Kai, 5th Dan Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do, 4th Dan Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Do, and 4th Dan Ryukyu Kobudo. Shihan continues to focus his teaching and training on the arts of Iaido, Kobudo and Karate Do and is available for lectures and seminars.
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