How to hold a shinai

Good kendo is all about details. Properly holding a shinai will allow you to strike with strength and accuracy. The illustrations above show the proper angle and positioning. Grip the shinai more tightly with your left hand than your right, and with more pressure using your last three fingers of the left hand. Position the shinai near your belly button about one fist away from your body. Point the tip of the shinai at the face of your opponent.

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