Comparison of the movement order patterns in the <i>kote-suriage-men</i> of the university male and female kendo players

  • SAKAMOTO Ikumi
    Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • ARITA Yuji
    Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • NABEYAMA Takahiro
    Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • ONO Seiji
    Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba
  • KIZUKA Tomohiro
    Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba

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  • 大学男女剣道選手の小手すり上げ面における動作順序パターンの比較
  • ダイガク ダンジョ ケンドウ センシュ ノ コテ スリ アゲ メン ニ オケル ドウサ ジュンジョ パターン ノ ヒカク

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<p>The purpose of this study was to reveal whether expert university level kendo players have a specific movement pattern when striking with ōji-waza (techniques which utilize the opponent’s attack to make your own attack), and whether male and female kendo players have different movement patterns.</p><p>Forty-four university kendo players (22 males; 22 females) participated in this study. For each gender, participants were classified into two groups (regular and sub-regular groups) according to their achievement in a team competition. In this study, kote-suriage-men, which is one of the ōji-waza for kote, was evaluated. All striking movements were recorded with a digital video camera. We analyzed the following 4 points that appeared: migi-ashi-richi (the moment the right foot leaves the ground), temoto-uki (the moment the right fist is raised to the position of shinai’stsubamoto), suriage (avoiding the opponent’s kote strike by deflecting it with the shinai), and furiage-saiko (the minimum speed of the shinai tip when the shinai is raised). Each time point that appeared was calculated as a percentage relative to the entire time period.</p><p>The results in this study showed that most of the male kendo players had one movement pattern in the order of migi-ashi-richi, temoto-uki, and suriage. In contrast, female participants showed that the order of their movement patterns was not consistent, and they were classified into three patterns.</p><p>The findings of this study demonstrate that most male kendo experts had a specific movement pattern when utilizing ōji-waza. On the other hand, female kendo players did not have a consistent movement pattern, even in the regular group. Therefore, our results suggest that female kendo players acquire their own individual movement pattern for ōji-waza, achieving an effective strike for each approach.</p>

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