Men Kaeshi-Dou (面返し胴) – Quotes and Resources

Here is a collection of quotes and resources (in terms of  articles and videos) on the Men Kaeshi-Dou (面返し胴)  technique.  This collection will likely grow as I discover more.



The quotes are generally in order of the technique and include translations of portions of some of the videos in Japanese.

  • On inviting the opponent to come in
    • The feeling of inviting the opponent to attack (hikidasu) is needed for this kaeshi waza. – Koda Kunihide Sensei at 11:12 min of [Koda_KaeshiDou2]
      • 相手を引き出すような気持ちがこの返し技の必要ですね。
    • It’s not escaping to the side and stopping.  “If you (the opponent) are going to come in and strike, then I move my body right in the middle” (Koda sensei steps directly forward without fear towards the opponent).  Invite (lure) the opponent and strike. – Koda Kunihide Sensei at 12:48 min of [Koda_KaeshiDou2]
      • 横へ逃げで止めるのではなくてですね。打とうと来るなら自分の体の真ん中に。相手を誘って打ちます。
  • On Distance
    • Apply seme to the opponent.  It is easier to perform kaeshi if you perform suri-age in front of you (Koda Sensei extends his arms and shinai forward and upwards).  If you perform suri-age too close to the opponent, you will get stuck (the space is too tight), it’s best to extend the hands forward for suri-age and the dou strike. – Koda Kunihide Sensei at 4:28 min of [Koda_KaeshiDou1]
      • ここで相手を攻めてなるべく前で 擦り上げた方が返しやすいですね. 自分の近くで擦り上げると前が詰まりますので なるべく手を伸ばして前で擦り上げて胴を打つ.
    • Receiving the opponent’s men (from) as far (away) as possible, allows us to secure the space to execute the Do, which will make the Do easier to hit. – At the 0:49 min mark of [NoKendo_8DabKaeshiDou]
  • On reception of the opponent’s sword/shinai
    • Another important point is to release muscle power (tension) when receiving the opponent’s shinai. …  When we receive the opponent’s shinai, when we perform kaeshi or suri-age with the opponent’s shinai, the power (tension in the arms) must be absent. – Koda Kunihide Sensei at 11:12 min of [Koda_KaeshiDou2]
      • そして号一つ注意したいのは,相手の竹刀を受ける場合も力を抜くということで. … 相手の竹刀を 受けたり返したりあるいは擦りあげる時も力は抜いていないといけない。よく見られますのが受け止める時に力が入っ昆布力が入っていません.
  • On the strike / swing
    • Kaeshi means to return or to flip your hand (after deflecting the opponent’s sword/shinai). – Koda Kunihide Sensei at 4:05 min of [Koda_KaeshiDou1]
    • The Do is not struck from the side (horizontally) but … from top to bottom (diagonally). At 1:13 min of [NoKendo_8DanKaeshiDou]
    • With regards to advancing the left foot, it is advanced at the same time the do is struck. … Note that the image of advancing the left foot and striking is important.  In practice, when responding with a kaeshi-do in response to a fast men and when intending to advance with the left foot, the left hip first rotates towards the right.  At the time of the hip rotation, the do is struck. – Nakamura Sensei [KendoNotes_HealingKendoPt6]

  • On the eyes
    • Don’t lose eye contact (with the opponent). 目は放さない. – Koda Kunihide Sensei at 4:42 min of [Koda_KaeshiDou1] 
  • On learning nuki-dou
    • If you can master nuki-dou, then your kaeshi-dou will become much more successful. – Andy Fisher at 3:12 min of [Fisher_KaeshiDou1]

Collection of Articles

Collection of Videos on Men Kaeshi-Dou

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