Kirikaeshi

English name Returning Cut

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Kiri Kaeshi (Returning Cut)

The name of this technique means to counter cut. This technique is to match the Ukes cut with a thrust to his eyes to make him flinch, then to observe his next move before returning the attack. The Uke can start in any Kamae. The point is at the instant the Uke begins to cut, thrust to his eyes with Kiai to make him hesitate. If he does nothing, then tsuki through the eyes - if he shifts to either your left or your right, then step in with the left foot and cut with Do Giri to the Ukes right side, or step forwards with Yoko Aruki with the left foot and cut with Do Giri to the Ukes right side and carry on moving past the Uke. This all depends on where the Uke moves, and your decision on the best position to cut the Uke. The important points are to stop the Uke with a Kiai and a tsuki to the eyes, and then to wait to see his next move before you respond.

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