How to Advance & Retreat when Katana Sword Fighting

Learn how to advance and retreat when fighting with a katana from Sensei Oliver Martin in this katana sword fighting video from Howcast.

Transcript

So now we're going to look at just basically advancing and then retreating in your footwork. So from here, as I'm in a basic position, in in shizen no kamae, not really taking any particular stance necessarily, if I need to retreat if I need to retreat I just want to take a step back, placing my foot, my weight on the back foot. Okay. So as I take a step back, I just want to place my weight on the back foot. If he advances himself in some more, maybe I take another step. As he comes in and strikes, again using my feet to justify the distance. As I advance I'm just going to step in like so. Utilizing basic steps in order to advance and retreat in your kenjutsu is vital to gaining good technique.

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