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Tameshigiri Videos

Tameshigiri 試し斬り is the testing of swords and swordsmen against a target.  Tameshigiri was once practiced on condemned criminals, but today the targets are tatami omote (straw like floor covering).  Please do not try tameshigiri without proper instruction and supervision. We require six months of classes before students begin this type of training. Stainless steel replica swords are not used since they can easily break and cause serious injury.  We use shinken cutting swords designed for real use.  Tameshigiri is performed on new tatami soaked overnight.  The price list and availability of these swords can be found on our shinken page and the targets on our tatami page.

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Inazuma Giri - Lightning cut - A kesa (downward diagonal), gyaku kesa (upward diagonal), and kesa (downward diagonal) are performed in under a second.  See Video
Mizu Gaeshi Mizu Gaeshi - Returning wave cut - A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a suihei (horizontal) cut before it falls.  See Video
Kawasemi - Kingfisher cut - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on the top of the target.  A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a suihei (horizontal) cut before it falls.  See Video  See Slow Motion Video
Rokudan Giri - This six cut sequence is from the fifth ZNBDR shoden seitei kata.  See Video
Mizu Garuma -  A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut from the opposite side before it falls.  See Video
Nami Gaeshi - Wave cut - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on the first target.  A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the second target followed by a suihei (horizontal) cut on both targets.  See Video
Batto Giri - Draw and cut - The katana is drawn from the saya and cuts in a single motion.  Gyaku kesa (upward diagonal), kesa (downward diagonal), and suihei (horizontal) cuts are performed in this sequence.  See Video
Futo Giri - Wide cut - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on a large 5 tatami target.  See Video
Nuki Uchi - These two cuts are from the second Toyama Ryu kata.  A batto suihei (horizontal draw and cut) is followed by a kesa (downward diagonal) cut.  See Video
Syo Hatto - These two cuts are from the first Toyama Ryu kata.  A batto gyaku kesa (upward diagonal draw and cut) is followed by a kesa (downward diagonal) cut.  See Video
Tonbo - Dragonfly cut - Two kesa (downward diagonal) cuts are performed from hasso on a freestanding horizontal target.  See Video
Tsubame - Swallow cut -  A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is followed immediately with a gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut.  The two cuts are performed from both sides of the target.  See Video

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Inazuma Giri - Lightning cut - A kesa (downward diagonal), gyaku kesa (upward diagonal), and kesa (downward diagonal) are performed in under a second.  See Video
Kawasemi - Kingfisher cut - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on the top of the target.  A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a suihei (horizontal) cut before it falls.  See Video
Mizu Gaeshi - Returning wave cut - A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a suihei (horizontal) cut before it falls.  See Video
Rokudan Giri - This six cut sequence is from the fifth ZNBDR shoden seitei kata.  See Video
Nami Gaeshi - Wave cut - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on the first target.  A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the second target followed by a suihei (horizontal) cut on both targets.  See Video
Batto Giri - Draw and cut - The katana is drawn from the saya and cuts in a single motion.  Gyaku kesa (upward diagonal), kesa (downward diagonal), and suihei (horizontal) cuts are performed in this sequence.  See Video
Futo Giri - Wide cut - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on a large 5 tatami target.  See Video
Mizu Garuma -  A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut from the opposite side before it falls.  See Video
Tonbo - Dragonfly cut - Two kesa (downward diagonal) cuts are performed from hasso on a freestanding horizontal target.  See Video

L6 Katana

Yokonarabi - A kesa (downward diagonal) cut is performed on 5 tatami targets. 
See Video
With Slow Motion
Batto Giri - Draw and cut - The katana is drawn from the saya and cuts in a single motion.  Gyaku kesa (upward diagonal), kesa (downward diagonal), and suihei (horizontal) cuts are performed in this sequence. 
See Video
See Slow Motion Video
Rokudan Giri - This six cut sequence is from the fifth ZNBDR shoden seitei kata. 
See Video
Mizu Gaeshi - Returning wave cut - A gyaku kesa (upward diagonal) cut is done on the bottom of the target and the severed piece is cut in two with a suihei (horizontal) cut before it falls. 
See Video
Tonbo - Dragonfly cut - Two kesa (downward diagonal) cuts are performed from hasso on a freestanding horizontal target. 
See Video