The Japanese Art of Chanbara Promises Safe Sparring for All Martial Artists Q: Best Techniques Head shots vs. body shots To the Japanese the head shot was the most sought after strike which gives most combatants a closer feeling of “the spirit of the thing”. All kendo and sword arts in Japan start out with the Mein or head strike, and then work the other parts of the body as the student becomes proficient. As a sword instructor, your job would be to get hit by all your students. Because if they cannot hit you correctly who can they hit correctly? This is also called a “physical game of chess”
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