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#112861 - 09/18/04 03:33 PM high block vs. reverse high block

Got a Kendo/Kumdo question for you.

My understanding: from ready stance (right foot forward)…in somewhat of a modified back-stance…right hand is just under the guard and left is at the bottom of the handle.

My question is: High block versus “reverse high block”. I have conflicting input.

Should your hands naturally be aligned right on rightside/left on leftside of body with the tip of the sword to the right – that being a High Block?

The other position being that the tip of your sword being to the left and your hands would be unnaturally crossed – being Reversed High Block?

#112862 - 09/18/04 04:50 PM Re: high block vs. reverse high block
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What does your instructor say?

#112863 - 09/18/04 08:11 PM Re: high block vs. reverse high block

I knew you'd say that.

Deal is: Master says I'm right. Even then, his experience is limited here as his Master has only introduced Jhook Do basics to our Black Belt curriculum.

Other students tend to assume that since you would defend with a righthanded high block with one hand (fist to the left), and with our single short stick blocks, the same would be true (point of stick to the left)...then the assumption would be that the tip of the sword would be to the left for a "high block" and to the right would be a reverse high block, just like if the short stick was in the right hand but you were defending the other side.

Master says it's different because you are using two hands on the weapon and to cross the hands unnaturally would be clumsy for fighting.

For personal reasons as well, I want to know. Got a higher Dan correcting me all the time that is emphatic about his own knowledge...and loves a good debate even if there isn't one. Just want to make sure I am correct on my own.

#112864 - 09/19/04 09:58 AM Re: high block vs. reverse high block
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Well, I'd suggest heading over to Kendo World. If what you describe is kendo at all, then it is kendo stuff of which I have no knowledge. Doesn't ring any bells.



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