In this evening’s class, we worked on the notion of bringing the sword into the empty space in front of your opponent. That is, the purpose of the cut (think of the wakizashi as a ‘planed’ object that takes flight upon movement) is to cut into the empty space, not the opponent. Don’t think about cutting your opponent; use “no mind” to cut the space; your opponent will do the work for you and cut himself. That is, by overextending your opponent as he cuts down (or over, or across, etc.), he cannot react in time to your empty cut and the position you have created for yourself, and is defeated. The more you try, the harder it is…the less you try, and use taijutsu to move the sword into the space, the easier it is.