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Tanren uchi

Hold bot hands together as shown
For Tanren Uchi practice, the easiest object on which to strike us a tire (preferably, the tire is a small one, like a motorcycle tire, capable of deflecting about 10 cm when struck). 

The purpose of Tanren Uchi practice is to develop stability of the hips and to improve the grip on the ken. 

Reference should be made to the pictures for the proper method of striking. When practicing Tanren Uchi, modify your grip on the ken so that both hands are held close together. The Bokken used for this practice is usually rounder and thicker in shape.