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The Art of Test Cutting

Tameshigiri (test cut) 試し斬り, 試し切り, 試斬, 試切

This unique style of tameshigiri or test cutting in English is a special way to test your taijutsu.


Get close to the tape (check your kamae) is your lead foot facing forward? Then hold the blade in an upright position as pictured in the video. Slightly shift your body forward over your right knee utilizing your whole body and let the blade come down in unison with the body shift.

*Video is for illustration purposes only please seek out an instructor for proper instruction. This was a first time practice cut for the student and the blade was dull.

Step 1. Start with a weighted clip at the end of the tape.

Step 2. Remove the clip and try.

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