Osame noto
  1. This should be done with a strong feeling towards the opponent. The left hand slides forward with the thumb on the inside, between the saya and the obi, until the middle finger is over the koiguchi and the thumb and forefinger extend beyond the opening of the koiguchi. Keep the hara strong to make a strong feeling of seme toward the opponent.

  2. Push the saya to the center of the body and turn it outward and sideways slightly. Push the
    hips slightly forward as you push the right hand and sword forward. There is a scooping inward and then a quick circular motion with the right hand as you make a large circle, bringing the mune of the sword near your left shoulder. Use the elbow a nd just a small flip of the wrist, and bring the mune near the tsuba up to the koiguchi. Keep seme by pushing the kensen slightly forward as you osame. This should be done rapidly with no stopping.

  3. Wait until the kensen of the sword reaches the koiguchi, then move the left hand back and to the side sharply,.. The angle of the saya should be sideways about 45°, not up and down. In this way, the saya need only make a small movement sideways rather than a large up and down one.

  4. Use the koshi and hara but keep the upper body mostly facing forward/the opponent, when you noto.

  5. Put pressure on the opponent by keeping the tsukagashira toward the front/opponent at about a 15-20° angle right. Do this movement smoothly.

  6. The left hand immediately slides forward to the center of the body and then the right hand continues noto. At the finish, wait, then slide the right hand along the tsuka with fingers on top until the end, reverse the hand grip and hold the tsukagashira. Let your right hand fall naturally to your side.

  7. Let your eyes come up to level.

  8. Walk backward naturally, beginning with the left foot.

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