Muso no Ken

English name No Thought Sword

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Muso no Ken - (Ura Nami) (No Thought Sword - (Inlet Waves)

This techniques name means to move naturally without showing any intention. This technique is for knowing what to do when your sword has been deflected by the Uke.

Begin in Gedan no Kamae. The Uke begins in Seigan no Kamae. You then Tsuki past the Ukes hands to his stomach. This should be very hard for the Uke to counter. The Uke deflects your sword to the side. You respond to this by letting go of all strength in the sword and allowing the Uke to successfully knock your sword to the side. You then respond by cutting with Gyaku Kesa Giri. The form is as follows -

You Tsuki - Uke deflects your sword to the left - Yoko Aruki forward and to the right with the left foot - Gyaku Kesa Giri starting at the Ukes right hip.

You Tsuki - Uke deflects your sword to the right - Step forward and to the left with the left foot - Gyaku Kesa Giri starting at the Ukes left hip.

As strategy it is important to know how to make the Uke block to the side that you want him to if you so wish. If you thrust slightly to the Ukes right side, he will deflect the right side of your sword. If you thrust lightly to the left, he will deflect the left side of your sword. It is important to allow the Uke to deflect and then cut with Gyaku Kesa Giri as quickly as you can, so the Uke has no time to cut.

The first rule of Ninjutsu is dont get hit!!! The second rule is dont forget the first rule.