Yoko gumo
  1. Face shyomen and sit in tatehiza.

  2. Begin drawing the sword toward the opponent sitting in front of you.

  3. Keep the hands and body flexible.

  4. As you begin to draw, rise up on your left knee and push the right foot straight toward the opponent, not to the right.

  5. Nukitsuke and kirioroshi are the same as in seiza no bu.

  6. Perform yoko chiburui by keeping a firm grip on the tsuka with the right hand as you turn the sword edge to the right. {Note: yoko chuburui means “sideways” chiburui. It is often called ko chiburui, meaning “small” chiburui as compared to the o chiburui done in Seiza no bu.}The hand moves slightly ahead of the kensen as you move the sword right and slightly forward. At the same time, use the hara by pushing it forward and right, rather than the power of your arm. The sword should stop outside of your right leg with the blade flat to the ground and the kensen slightly outside of the angle of the hand, as well as being level or just slightly below level.

  7. Noto by bringing the sword forward, slightly up and to the left{similar to shoden}.

  8. As you begin to bring the sword into the saya, slide your right foot back and in toward your left foot. As it reaches the left foot, make a small circular movement right with the right foot. You should finish with the legs open to just over 90° and the tsuka pointing 45° right. Keep facing shyomen.

  9. Finish noto, then put your right foot forward a full step and stand up, bringing your left foot to the right.

  10. Step back starting with the left foot first, to your starting position.

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