Wrist work for sword work

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    Wrist work for sword work

    Anyone know any good swordsman specific mobility drills for the wrists?
    I can only find 1 wrist routine here.

    Kanary you experienced with a sword, any ideas?

    Any other info is awesome to.

    Thanks

    #2
    As far as I’ve seen, The workouts: quick draw and 1000 cuts are very good for working on your wrists. A tip I learned from an instructor is to do cuts very slowly. This builds up the strength of your wrist as well as maximizing your grip. I also suggest isometric grasping stretching improve your grip. Remember, when you are gripping a katana, your middle finger, Ring fingers, and pinky, should be in a firm grip on the handle while your index and your thumb should be in a firm yet loose grip . Finally, workouts that enhance your forearm strength. That’s where most of your power is coming from. In reality hours of practice a day is it the best way to improve your overall physical speed when it comes to sword Martial arts. If you want to read literature on sword martial arts, the book of five rings is a excellent starters companion.

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      #3
      Everything MadMongrel said. The way to get the wrist to move when using a sword is to use a sword a lot.

      My suspicion is that you are holding the sword poorly. If you clench it in your fist, you limit your range of motion. Instead you want to grip it as lightly as possible and align it in your hand almost like it should be an extension of your index finger when you cut. You should not actually extend your index finger to point where you are cutting, but you should feel like you could.

      But in case it is a wrist mobility thing:
      I know a bunch of folks who do variations on these Aikido wrist stretches:
      And some variation on figure-8 or infinity circles is often useful: https://darebee.com/exercises/katana-infinity.html

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        #4
        Oh yeah that’ll work too. I forgot about that.

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          #5
          I do those to warm up for fingerwork like fingertip push-ups or towel hangs. Around 5 each. They are easy to remember and quite effective.

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            #6
            Kakarot ... not precisely what you were asking about, but useful in your efforts, the Katana Warmup Program.
            Yes, it includes the Infinity Circles recommender earlier. Got to warm up all the parts you are going to use, yeah?

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              #7
              buy your self a practice pad a set of drum sticks and some sheet music

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