Hassou no kamae. A combative posture in kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship) with the sword raised up by the mouth.

The student is holding a ‘fukuro shinai’ which is split bamboo wrapped in leather. This can be used to contact your partner without causing injury.

Taken with a Canon 5D, 70-200mm f/4 IS.


  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Fascinating image and writing of what he is doing. You may want to consider joining the group ImageWriting.

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  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

  • Robyn Scafone
    Robyn Scafonealmost 2 years ago

    Great shot. Thanks for sharing.

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