Tachi Tips & tricks (6)


Yesterday during my seminar, one student was waving his sword held to his wrist by the rope at the tsuka kashira and the ring at the end broke releasing the sword. Training weapons are NOT real ones and might break easily. Do not get over excited while training and keep high security levels. There was no…

Tachi Tips & Trick (5)


When you get older your students get older too and you can learn from them! Yesterday on tachi kumiuchi seminar at the Bujinkan France in Vincennes I learnt two things. One of my old students followed a few seminars to become a blacksmith. I was teaching the particular way of waving the blade horizontally and was telling the…

Tachi tips & tricks (4)


We have been training quite a lot with the tachi in the past weeks. When in Japan I was quite surprised to see that the blades used by sensei and the shihan were not that long after all. I have a few tachi (long and normal) and I found that the qualificative of tachi only…

Tachi tips & tricks (3)


  Tachi waza is mainly done katate (one hand) the other hand holding the reins of your horse or another weapon like the yari. The two-handed grip was developed later with the use of the katana. Sometimes you can use the second hand to reinforce the momentum of your blade but it is not its…

balance your tachi, balance your life


Tachi kumiuchi is fighting with sword and yoroi but tachi alone also means standing up. In fact tachi kumiuchi is about acquiring the ability to keep our balance. The tachi (sword) too is balanced but on a horizontal plane, sensei insists on this in each class. When the tachi is in the belt with the…

Tachi tips & tricks (2)


As sensei was saying recently: the real sword masters are the tachi masters. The samurai who were using the katana did it because the didn’t understand the tachi.”

Tachi tips & tricks


The tachi is mainly used katate (one hand), often when riding a horse. The tachi was used to hit the opponent so that he would lose his balance. Sometimes the violence of the hit would create a reflex that would open the fingers and make him drop the weapon. This is why there is a…