Dakai no Ken

English name Striking And Felling Sword

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Dato No Ken (Striking And Felling Sword)

The point of this technique is to deflect the Ukes attack upward with Hane Age and to cut whilst walking.

Begin in Gedan no Kamae. The Uke begins in Seigan no Kamae. The Uke changes to Daijodan no Kamae. As the Uke cuts in with Kara Take Wari, receive by striking upwards to the left or the right with the back of the blade (Hane Age). Do not pull the blade back too far when you do this. Then move around the Uke using Yoko Aruki and cut the Ukes neck from behind. This is the form for both sides -

You are in Gedan no Kamae - Uke is in Seigan no Kamae - Uke changes to Dai Jodan no Kamae - Uke cuts in with Kara Take Wari - You step to the right with the left foot in the manner of Yoko aruki and then Hane Age - You keep moving in this manner until you are behind the Uke enough to cut to the Ukes neck.

You are in Gedan no Kamae - Uke is in Seigan no Kamae - Uke changes to Dai Jodan no Kamae - Uke cuts in with Kara Take Wari - You step to the left with the left foot and then Hane Age - You keep moving in the manner of Yoko Aruki until you are behind the Uke enough to cut to the Ukes neck.

The important point here is to control the Ukes elbows with your own. Do not let the Uke counter-attack. Also, keep your sword in a position where you can cover yourself against a counter attack if necessary (similar to Kasumi no Kamae). This was a special method of using the sword that was developed by the Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu due to the length of the sword. It was also a method of defeating a superior swordsman by taking away their ability to attack. Remember, this technique is one continuous movement. Even though you are moving in Yoko Aruki, it is important to keep your upper body facing the Uke at all times.

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