Fumikiri and Fumikomi are very important elements of kendo, but in my experience many kenshi (specially beginners) tend to focus more on the fumikomi than the fumikiri.
Fumikiri according to Honda sensei in his book Kendo- approaches for all levels , is the “push-off or leap forward using the left foot” (right if your kamae has the left foot on front). Honda sensei in his book gives exercises to help with both fumikomi and fumikiri, and explains that both motions are unusual movements in everyday life, therefore they most be worked regularly. Honda Sensei attributes clumsy okuri-ashi and jerky sequences of striking to two factors: lack of understanding of the roles of the left and right feet, and failure to apply said role into fumikomi and fumikiri.
Any good kenshi will tell you the importance of proper ashi sabaki at every moment during kendo. Footwork is a part of your training that you can take outside of the dojo, and practice it any time by being conscious of the use of your legs and how they apply to your footwork. Honda sensei writes about imagining pushing your body and floating your right foot forward as you walk, and when going up the stairs to “lift your self up by feeling the tension in your right thigh.” To practice fumikiri and fumikomi outside the dojo he advices to “make sure other people are not watching.”
If you are interested in his book check it out by clicking HERE. There are also many other good resources in it, from kihon all the way to preparation for tournament.
Also we wanted to share this video which shows the use of Fumikiri, and we hope it can be useful to many kenshi. Sorry It doesn’t have a translation or subtitles; if you make or find one send it to us at email@example.com and we will gladly posted with the video.
Please like us on Facebook, and don’t forget to subscribe to our news letter if you haven’t.
[fblike style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]