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    Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    *Shinta waits in the dojo waiting for his sensei to arrive.*

    I should do some warm-up exercises...

    *Shinta begins to jog around the dojo for a few laps, stopping every other lap to do several push-ups and sit ups. He finishes with some lightning stretching for the training to come*
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    *appears with a cup of noodle and about twenty stacks of paperwork*
    So what do you know of Kenjutsu and why do you want to learn it?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    All that paper work O__O

    Okay, Kenjutsu is the art of combat using a sword, kenjutsu is a killing art no matter which way someone looks at it. I want to learn Kenjutsu because I have always been fascinated by the sword and I would like to incorporate it more into RP battles.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Decent. O__O But I must correct you. It is a killing, graceful art.
    Okay, so do you have a sword?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    My bad, I forgot the graceful part

    I do indeed in my Yahiko bio. It is a Sakabatō (reversed edge sword) I wear it on my left hip.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Good.
    Proceed to describe for me the impact of its weight, the width, and its general qualities.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Well, it is a standard length katana with the normal curvature along the blade, weighted at its heaviest just above the hilt to aid in momentum transferral during an attack. It is about two and a half inched wide that decreases along the length of the blade, ending in an angles point on the concave edged that is very sharp. It is not very thick along the cutting edge so it is very sharp but need a lot of attention to maintain the bevel.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    It has a curve?! O_______O

    So how does body weight come into play during Kenjutsu?
     
         

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    Yep, the curve forms as the softer steel at the back tempers at a different rate (quicker) than the harder steel on the front.

    Body weight is important in kenjutsu as Force = Mass x Acceleration therefore someone with more mass can deal a stronger blow than someone with less body mass... when they swing at the same speed. Body mass is what gives all the strikes with the sword there lethal potential as the weight of the sword alone cannot deal that much damage.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Good. Keep this concept in mind as it will be important in Taijutsu too.

    So what do you know of stances pertaining to swordplay?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    I know very little in that regards actually.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    >.> So, basically, stances allow you to pull off certain moves in Kenjutsu. A stance goes from the soles of your feet to the top of your hands, where you are grasping the sword. Where you aim the sword, strike with the sword, or even thrust with the sword, can be greatly improved with stances.
    As such, I will now teach you four basic stances for Kenjutsu.
    The first stance is called the "Ox" stance. Hold your sword up next to your head so that the blade is pointing straight ahead.

    What might be the purpose of such a stance? Think about it.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    This stance would be useful for making powerful stabs by utilising lunges. The back foot serves as an anchor, as you step forward pushing all your weight forwards from the anchoring foot it would help to transfer maximum power into my thrust as I stab my sword into the opponents chest.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Yes, however, due to the high angle it is in, your body weight isn't as stable (transferred up), however, it allows for steady counters as it is a direct threat with its straight thrust, turn to cut diagonally downward, or pull back to cut from underneath. Remember that the hilt of your sword (or handle), must be near your temple while your thumb is beneath the blade, NOT on top of it.
    Now, proceed to lower your sword down beneath you like a standard way of the grasping the sword.

    What might this be used for?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    *I proceed to lower my sword into a standard grasp, left hand over right with the pummel of the sword on the inside of my left hip. I hold the sword so that is points upwards in front of my torso, slightly pointing towards my target, stepping back with my left foot.*

    This is a good stance that allows you to react to your opponent to effectively parry their diagonal, horizontal or vertical slashes with minimal movement. It's also a stance that would allow me to similarly launch attacks on my opponent in the same manner, horizontal, vertical or diagonal giving them more power by stepping forward with my back foot.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Well, you covered quite a lot of stances there, perfect. Basically, as you said, it can allow you to easily maneuver in any direction easily.
    You must also remember to lead with your dominant leg here, because it is vital to switch positions during this stance. A small step forward or backwards can allow you to turn the tides easily. The point should also be aimed at the opponent's chest or throat and the hilt should be held more off to the side in front of the hip joint rather than dead center between the legs.

    Next stance then, known as the Alber stance.

    Lower your hand upon the sword's hilt, pointing the blade down. You can lead with either one of your legs.
    What might this be used for?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Alright, I'll keep that in mind.

    I now put my left hand just above the pommel of my sword and my right hand just under the hilt while keeping the same foot stance as before, though slightly more relaxed. I then lower the sword so that the point is facing the ground in front of me.

    I might use this stance to perform a block from a horizontal slash from my opponent by (Going off the picture now) inverting the position of my hands while keeping the sword pointing down. Then, while rotating the blade I could push my opponents sword up over there head and put them off balance slightly. I would then follow up with a downward vertical strike to there head.

    The position over all suggests to your opponent that you may be lowering you guard, enticing them (maybe) into an attack.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Perfect. It does exactly what you said (nice wording, by the way), a feint, the term used in Taijutsu - it seems that you're leaving your chest wide open for an attack, but in fact, that stance allows you to bring your sword up and easily block any moves with just a simple move. Quick counters would be the correct word.
    Alright, so we've learned the Ox, Plow, and Fool stances. The last main one is called an Oberhut (from the roof) stance, which is a stance that easily allows you transfer into any other stance.
    The stance is almost like you're about to strike down, but you're not. Raise your weapon up around your shoulders, at a 45 degree angle.

    What might such a stance be used for?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    *I keep the same grip as before as I proceed to lift my sword, holding the hilt directly above my shoulders as a 45 degree angle. Keeping the same footing as before I simply divide my weight equally between my feet, giving me an option of how I react to an oncoming attack.*

    This stance would be used as an intimidation attempt, hopefully tempting your opponent into making the first strike as I moved into this stance. From here I could easily change to the best stance to counter the oncoming attack by shifting my weight between my feet and easily moving my sword as required.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Perfect, basically, your get-go stance. When you tilt the sword over your shoulder, your attack are quicker and more deceptive but have less range and strength. Depending upon the angle and prior action, your stance can appear as if the weapon is held behind the head or neck - you can simply create this illusion by moving your waist.
    Well done.

    So, let's begin with attacks.
    What is the difference between an one-handed and a two handed-slash?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Why thank you ^^

    So, a one handed attack will not have as much power as a two handed attack. A two handed attack allows you to apply a push and pull to the hilt, giving the attack substantially more power than if one hand were to swing the sword.

    By push/pull I mean that the hand just under the guard pushes the blade into the target while the hand near the pommel pulls the hilt towards me to give the blade more rotational force, focusing it into the targets flesh.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    You should be teaching me Kenjutsu instead. LOL.
    Alright, excellent, but besides power, how might they differ in timing and when might each be appropriate in battles?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    Maybe I will

    In terms of timing, a two handed slash will have more speed that a one handed slash due to the extra force able to applied, hence it serves the preferred method for attacking when a stance has already been established (Probably the Ox stance, an easy stance to direct a two handed, downwards-diagonal slash)

    A one handed slash is more versatile and quicker to execute as it does not require you to set up the attack by placing your other hand in the appropriate spot on the hilt. One handed sword play is more of a test of the opponents strength and a way to find weak points in their defence, where a two handed slash may be used to exploit it.

    One handed stabs and slashed also allow one to keep their body that extra step out of the line of fire, similarly to how fencing works where the bodies profile is minimised while allowing for a great reach of attack. Two handed attacks tend to have the bodies profile set to a broader stance, more easily attacked by the opponent.
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    o_o...Yep, you should be teaching me.
    One more detail.
    When you use one hand only for sword techs, keep in mind you have another hand free to do other stuff....>.>

    Okay, so what do you know of stabs?
     
         

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    Re: Taijutsu and Kenjutsu

    I can only teach you random stuff about Ken, I don't know names of things O__O

    That's right, I forgot about the free hand

    So, stabs are generally horizontal thrusts that utilise the tip of the sword to create an opening in the flesh for the rest of the sword to follow through. It deals a lot of focused damage and could potenially cut through internal organs and/or arteries, causing internal bleeding followed by death. Stabs can also be used to disable limbs by piercing through a joint to cut nerves, tendons or ligaments.
     
         

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