are repetitive, individual, cutting exercises, which are often used in martial arts
such as kendo
, and kenjutsu
. Often a shinai
(for kendo), bokken
, or even tanren bō
are used. An iaitō
can also be used, albeit that is rare.
Some common types (these can vary between styles):
- katate suburi: holding the weapon with only the left hand (which is supposed to be used as the power hand)
- haya-suburi: rapid suburi where you cut on the forward motion and assume jodan on the return motion, feet should glide on the floor
- choyaku-suburi: incorporating a coordinated jumping like movement with the strike
- joge-suburi: strikes with back swings that almost touch ones lower back and forward swings which almost touch the floor
- naname-suburi: alternating diagonal strikes, cutting across the opponent's torso, starting with a cut to the left
- shomen-suburi: strikes to an opponent's forehead
- zenshin-kotai-shomen-suburi: strikes to an opponent's forehead, starting with forward, then backward.
- sayu-men-suburi: alternating strikes to an opponent's forehead, starting with your right-hand side.
Suburi is used as a warm up before actual practice begins, usually done in sets of ten, though sometimes sets of 100 are used (especially with naname-suburi and shomen suburi). Suburi serves to loosen the wrists (naname suburi) and elevate heart rate (haya suburi).