In our previous article we wrote about Fumikiri which is the push forward. In this article we wanted to link to the part right after which is Fumikomi.
Many practitioners tend to pay so much attention on making a louder Fumikomi that they tend to forget (or sometimes are never thought) of the purpose of Fumikomi. The function of Fumikomi is to pull you forward after the moment of impact with the shinai, allowing you to move fluidly forward.
Not understanding the function and mechanics of Fumikomi will develop bad habits and in many cases also injuries. There are two main problems associated with bad fumikomi:
The first problem is the dragging of the back leg. Dragging your back leg will cause the body to move forward but with facing diagonally instead of towards the opponent (this will lessen your ability to deliver continuos attacks faster). In the book Kendo – Approaches for all levels, Honda Sensei explains that this is the result of copying the movements of others, and a lack of understanding on how the power is generated to move.
Honda Sensei advices to understand two things when moving forward; the right foot moves forward because the left leg is pushing; when pulling the left foot forward, it does because the right leg is doing the pulling.
The second problem related to bad Fumikomi is injury to the right heel and leg joints. In the article barefoot kendo by Hamish Robinson in the Kendo World magazine Vol 6, Robinson mentions that it is common for people who start kendo in their late teens or older, to often injure their right heel due to improper technique. Robinson talks about how barefoot running and Fumikomi are alike. In barefoot running like with Fumikomi, one most land almost with a flat foot with slightly more weight towards the ball of the foot. Then as you make impact bend your knee, this will allow you not only to lessen the impact on your knee joints but also to keep forward momentum.
Following is a video that shows and slows down the motion for Fumikomi, we hope it is helpful and useful to you.
You can check our article in Fumikiri by clicking here.
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