Kasumi no Ken

English name Mist Sword

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Kasumi no Ken (Mist Sword)

This techniques name means that your sword movements are a haze to the Uke.

Begin in Ichi no Kamae. The Uke begins in Daijodan no Kamae. The Uke attacks with Kara Take Wari. Receive by striking upwards to the left or the right with the back of the blade. This is called Hane Age. Do not pull the blade back too far when you do this, or you will be cut. The area of the Ukes blade that you strike is about halfway down the blade. Then cut to the Ukes neck. Repeat this three times for the form. The footwork is as follows -

Uke cuts - right step forwards to right with left Hane Age - left step forwards to the left and cut to Ukes right side neck - Kamae - Uke cuts - left step forwards to the left with right Hane Age - right step forwards to the right and cut Ukes left side neck - Kamae - Uke cuts - right step forwards to right with left Hane Age - left step forwards to the left and cut to Ukes right side neck - Kamae. This is the form.

The important point here is do not make the sword movements too big. Keep your sword movements small and you will avoid being cut.

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