WAZA STUDY: Masahiro Miyazaki's Kote Waza

Masahiro Miyazaki is one of Kendo's most famous competitors, having won first place in the All Japan Championships a record six times. Arguably, he is most famous for his supersonic Men attacks, and his ability to launch them from a standstill.

However, his Kote Waza is equally impressive. Perhaps because he was so famous during his competitive career for his Men attacks, many of his opponents may have never expected to be defeated by such wonderful Kote strikes. 

Here is a collection of some of his notable Kote points:

If you are able to look past the energetic background music, and study his strikes, it can be seen that many of his Kote points come from a place of Seme towards the opponent's Men. That is to say, that being extremely famous for having such a powerful Men strike, and being able to influence his opponents' mind enough throughout the match, so as to have them feel that they would be struck on the Men, he was able to create his opportunity for Kote.

Much like his Men attacks, his Kote attacks are not only lightning-fast, but seem to appear from nowhere. An absolute inspiration.

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  • Love it! The distance, the waza and his incredible intuition on when to attack is something that can’t be taught. Is all about the consistent training over the years.

    David Yang
  • Outstanding!!

  • That video was brilliant and seeing something like that always makes me more aware of how far I have to go with my Kendo, my practice, my desire to be a better person.

    Thank you kindly for sharing.

    Michael Robertson

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