“At the very least I want to see you relaxing, but also the correct tachi-suji, not like bo-furi.”
Keiko isn’t about using strength or unnecessary power, especially within your arms. Keiko is about relaxing and allowing your intentions to push themselves onto your opponent and transmit, or present an opening to motivate your opponent to come in and cut you.
The history of the kusarifundo is quite fascinating. The weapon was developed by the head sentry of Edo castle in the early eighteenth century to disarm and subdue criminals without bloodshed inside castle grounds. The shedding of blood during this time would be considered disgraceful and therefore the arresting constables may see a punishment beyond that of the criminal arrested. As the use of the weapon became more popular, it was employed by Japanese police forces to defend against criminals of Samurai status.
Director of the Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo, and personal student of Manaka Unsui.