The Art of sword testing
5 cuts of the blade
Begin with Position 1 and sword overhead. Finish cut in position 2.
Begin with Position 4 and finish cut with blade in line as a side cut.
Begin with position 4 and downward cut to position 3.
Thrust forward, position 6.
Begin with Position 3. Finish cut in position 4 as an upward cut.
Happo No Kame
12 Positions of the Blade
R Foot Forward (Overhead)
Bring Sword Tip towards ground to ( tip pointing down straight in front)
Step Back R Foot – (Blade downward to right side)
Raise sword ( Right Shoulder Right Side Position)
Bring Blade back (Overhead) without stepping
R Foot Step Forward - (Blade goes down to middle straight out from chest)
Step forward L Foot -( overhead)
Step Back L leg – (tip is down towards ground -straight in front)
Shift to L stance and tip of blade-(Blade downward to L side)
Raise sword to ( L shoulder Left Side Position)
Shift back to walking stance bring sword (overhead)
Lower sword to (middle position)