Kesa-giri

Diagonal downward cut with the sword, following the line of the kesa (= the front hemline of the jacket).

Unlike with SHOMEN-UCHI or YOKOMEN-UCHI the cut is not stopped, but continues almost down to the ground (YOKOMEN-UCHI is also a diagonal cut, but it is executed at a flat angle sideways to the head/neck).

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