Section 10 - Appendix I - Great Weapons


V. General Techniques

  1. Greatsword

  2. Naginata

    • Strike
      The strike with the naginata takes its power from a twisting of the body to a point at or just before the blade meets the target. The purpose of this technique is to produce a whipping motion of the blade that strikes a sharp blow to the target, instead of creating a fast push. If the upper hand can be slid slightly down during the strike, the whipping effect is intensified.
      The blow is started by extending the back arm down, if it is not already extended, or at least, stable, and using the back hand as a fulcrum upon which to rotate the length of the weapon. The rotating force is applied through the upper hand by twisting your body and a partial extension of the front arm.
      1. Forehand

        FLASH video of "Forehand strike" (0.25 MB)

      2. Backhand

        FLASH video of "Backhand strike" (0.26 MB)

    • Thrust

      FLASH video of "Thrusts - 3 ranges" (0.7 MB)

      It can be useful to use the shorter thrusts to draw your opponent’s weapon out of line, then after a short pause to allow your opponent’s weapon to move in reaction, to continue the thrust into a longer range.
      1. Intermediate
      2. Extended
      3. Striding

    • Butt Spikes
      I don’t use one. The last place that I want my weapon is horizontal at shoulder height. Admittedly, a butt spike can be useful in a surprise move, but I have chosen to give up that occasional advantage in order to remove the temptation to place my weapon in a position where it is useless for defense. If you can train yourself to use the butt spike while avoiding the defensive liabilities of having the weapon in that position, then, by all means, do so.