Technique #1

In this series, Hatsumi demonstrates a lateral sword technique called yoko nagare battojitsu. (1) Hatsumi crosses his leg while beginning to draw his sword. (2) He continues to draw as he lowers his center of gravity. (3) With the sword drawn, Hatsumi hits the ground. (4) Hatsumi rolls to his right, enabling him to avoid an attacker or cut from below.