Raiko no Ken

English name Lightening Sword

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Rai-Ko no Ken (Lightening Sword)

This techniques name means to use the sword the same way a bolt of lightening strikes. This technique can be a 2 man technique or can be done as a solo form. It teaches correct cutting methods. What is important with this technique is the way you turn your wrists over whilst moving from one cut to the other. It is also said that this technique was used by the Togakure Ninja for moving through a crowd. Another important point is to keep your hips low from the first cut onwards. Do not let your body move up and down when doing this. Do not grip the tsuka when doing these movements - at the point of cutting, have the feeling of wringing out a wet cloth with your hands on the tsuka. This is the correct way to cut. And make sure all of your cuts are straight and free of tension. It is important to remember to stop the cut at the point that it would have exited the Ukes body - don"t keep cutting as this will leave you open.

There are 7 cuts. The sword cuts are in the following order: Hidari Kesa Giri - Migi Do Giri - Kara Take Wari - Hidari Kesa Giri - Migi Kesa Giri - Hidari Gyaku Kesa Giri - Migi Gyaku Kesa Giri.

Begin in Hasso no Kamae with the left foot in front. Step forwards with the right foot and cut Kesa Giri - pull the right foot back and turn the sword over to the left so that your wrists are crossed, right wrist on top. With the left foot forwards, cut with Do Giri. Pull the left leg back and you do either one of 2 movements - 1, bring the sword to your right hand side by turning the sword over clockwise and bringing your left wrist to a point just above the forehead - the sword should follow the line of your right forearm. 2, as you pull back with the left leg, turn the sword over to the left and bring the right wrist to a point just above the forehead - the sword should follow the line of your left forearm and your wrists should be crossed. With these 2 movements, your arms/hands do not cover the face. From either of these 2 positions, step forwards with the right leg and cut Kara Take Wari - pull the right leg back and turn the sword over to the left and bring the right wrist to a point just above the forehead the sword should follow the line of your left forearm and your wrists should be crossed. Step forwards with the right foot again and cut Kesa Giri. Pull the right leg back and bring the sword to your right hand side by turning the sword over clockwise and bringing your left wrist to a point just above the forehead - the sword should follow the line of your right forearm. Step forwards with the left foot and cut Kesa Giri. Pull the left foot back and turn the sword over and back to the right - your right hand should be by your right hip with the sword at a 45 degree angle behind you towards the floor. Step forwards with the right foot and cut Gyaku Kesa Giri. Pull the right foot back and turn the sword over to the left of your body with your wrists crossed at your left hip. Again the sword should be about 45 degrees to the floor behind you. Lastly step forwards with the left foot and cut with Gyaku Kesa Giri. And back to Hasso no Kamae with the left foot in front.

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