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Tanka o kiru: the thumb pushes the tsuba forward, unlocking and revealing the tanka.

The tanka is a piece of metal encircling the base of the blade of a Japanese bladed weapon. It has the purpose of locking the tsuba (guard) in place, as well as to maintain the weapon in its shaft (saya). Categories: Stub ... Saya can be either: a sword sheath for a katana. ...


To draw the sword, one presses the tsuba with the thumb to unlock the tanka; the blade is then free in the shaft, and can be drawn out very quickly. This is known as "tanka o kiru" ("making the gesture of cutting on the tanka"). This is obviously an extremely aggressive gesture, since a fatal cut can be given in a fraction of a second thereafter (see iaido). Respect due to the sword before the practice Iaido (居合道 iaidō), also sometimes called iaijutsu (居合術 iaijutsu) or battojutsu (抜刀術 battōjutsu) is a sword based Japanese martial art that trains the motions associated with drawing a katana from its sheath, striking an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then...


The expression "tanka o kiru" is now widely used in Japan, in the sense of "getting ready to begin something", or "getting ready to speak", especialy with an aggressive connotation.


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The katana (刀) is the Japanese sabre or longsword (大刀 daitō), although many Japanese use this word generically as a catch-all word for sword. ... Respect due to the sword before the practice Iaido (居合道 iaidō), also sometimes called iaijutsu (居合術 iaijutsu) or battojutsu (抜刀術 battōjutsu) is a sword based Japanese martial art that trains the motions associated with drawing a katana from its sheath, striking an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then...

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Tanka o kiru: the thumb pushes the tsuba forward, unlocking and revealing the tanka.
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