Martin P. Mieloszyk’s Tips for Beginning Kendo Practitioners: Target Points

Skilled in several sword arts, including epee, sabre, and kendo, Martin Mieloszyk has spent years honing his skills, and appreciates learning about the different rules and philosophies of each style. As Martin Mieloszyk explains, kendo practitioners recognize four primary target points, pulled from ancient samurai sword practices. Here he identifies, and briefly describes, these four striking areas.

1. Kote- This strike targets the right wrist of the opponent. Attacks on the left wrist are allowable only in a few specific contexts.

2. Do- This move targets the opponent’s right side, often the abdomen. The left side may only be struck in certain techniques, making it more difficult to earn a point.

3. Men- With this strike, individuals generally hit the top of the opponent’s head. Strikes to the sides of the head are also permissible.

4. Tuski- Only Yudansha (or black belt-equivalent fighters), use this technique, as it requires extraordinary accuracy and speed. The strike makes impact on the opponent’s throat.

In kendo, individuals only earn points by delivering one of the four recognized strikes, and the points depend on intent, form, and accuracy. The ability to deliver all four attacks successfully demands years of practice.


About martinmieloszyk

Fluent in English, Polish, Russian, and French, Martin Mieloszyk has traveled the world in pursuit of education and cultural enlightenment. Currently residing in New York, Martin Mieloszyk started his career as a Regional Manager at Porsche Cars North America, Inc., in 1998, followed by a four-year tenure with First Allied/Wells Fargo Bank managing public relations and subsequently its investment banking departments. In 2004, Martin Mieloszyk accepted a position as Chief Corporate Officer with SSMC Bank and later joined the Royal Alliance division of AIG, where he contributed to the development of the company’s marketing and sales strategies. As a result of his efforts, the average investment amount increased to exceed the established company quotas. Most recently, Martin Mieloszyk served as President for L’Marc International, Inc., as the head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Division. In this capacity, he performed multiple business analyses; consulted with business owners or management teams who intended to sell, acquire, or merge their companies; and developed targeted marketing strategies for those businesses. An alumnus of Paris-Sorbonne University, the largest school of literature, languages, culture, and art in France, Martin Mieloszyk earned a Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication and Slavic Studies. While living in Great Britain, he attended University of Oxford and obtained a Master of Computer Science in Programming and Software Engineering. Finally, Martin Mieloszyk graduated with honors from the University of Warsaw in Poland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economic Sciences. A Board Member of the Polish Slavic Center, Martin Mieloszyk is also affiliated with Polish American Congress and The Kosciuszko Foundation (formerly the Polish-American Scholarship Committee), which was founded by Dr. Stephen Mizwa in 1923 to connect Polish students with American universities. In his spare time, Martin Mieloszyk serves as a member of the Polish National Fencing Team in epée and sabre. He also practices Kendo, meaning “Way of the Sword,” and takes part in Kendo tournaments, displaying a contemporary Japanese martial art of sword fighting derived from the traditional samurai swordsmanship.
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