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.