|Toyama Ryu Batto Do
Konjaku Kioi Dojo
(Ancient and Modern Fighting Spirit Dojo)
|5980 66th St N Suite M
St Petersburg FL 33709
Kumitachi are two person kata. Each Kumitachi presents the student with a different attack and potential defense. There are two roles in each Kumitachi. The Uchidachi is the attacker who initiates the confrontation. The Shidachi is the defender who must react with a defensive action followed by a counter-attack. They teach the student how to gauge distance, predict an opponents movement, and react to different attacks. You can find details on the kumitachi at Toyama Ryu Kumitachi.
A set of Kumitachi begins and ends with a bow to your training partner. In general all forward steps start with the right foot and all backwards steps start with the left. Every attack should also have a Kiai. The Uchidachi (Attacker) leads all movement up to the point they would be struck down. The Shidachi (Defender) leads all movement after that. The person leading movement defines positions and form. The person following adjusts to those positions. For instance – the Shidachi might place their sword into a Chudan Kamae position at the end of a Kumitachi and the Uchidachi would make sure the kissaki were level and overlapping the proper amount. Kumitachi end with five short steps back to their original starting position.
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