Who would have thought it?
The empty handed motion of raising a sword to deliver a shomen strike can double as an aikido response to head height punches, no matter if they are round or straight! (In fact, someone said that ALL the techniques are fundamentally the shomen movement – raising the sword overhead and bringing it straight down – mastery and simplicity are almost identical.)
Do this properly and you can down attackers very swiftly!
No need for blocking or counter strikes – both of which are much more risky if they have a knife or club!
We’ll be focussing on this all week.