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Suburi Techniques

The suburi techniques must be performed according to basic Aikido theory and philosophy. It is important that all suburi must be done with full extension of ki. Several suburi done with full ki extention are much better than thousands done lightly.

The beginning posture must be in accordance with the back triangle (refer to figures on pages 25 and 49). The pommel of the sword is in line with the navel. This alignment makes movement forth and back and right and left easier.

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First Suburi

It is important that the sword be raised overhead and brought down in exactly a vertical line. As in all Aikido suburi, during the downward stroke of the sword, the hips must be solidly based.

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This is one of the kokyu, or breath, techniques. As the right foot steps back, the sword is raised directly overhead. This alignment allows the

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Third Suburi

This is one of the kokyu, or breath, techniques. As the right foot steps back, the sword is raised directly overhead. This alignment allows the

Second Suburi

The right foot steps back as the sword is raised overhead. At the same time,twist your hips to move your body out of the line of attack. As the strike is made, a step is taken with the right foot, and the right hip is thrust forward.

universal ki to enter the tip of the sword and fill your whole body. As the sword is lowered backwards, hold your breath and settle your body in the side stance. The strike is made with a single exhalation of your breath.

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