Hidari Katate Hirazuki is a sword strike developed by Hijikata Toshizō and used to great success by the members of the Shinsengumi during the bakumatsu. It's simple but effective execution led it to becoming the basis for other swordsmen's special styles such as Okita Sōji's Mumyo-ken and Saitō Hajime's Gatotsu.
Hiratsuki using Saito

Saitō performing Hirazuki


Strategic genius Hijikata Toshizō's Hirazuki is a versatile stance which begins with the user holding his katana parallel to the ground and up near the shoulder. From this position, a quick, powerful and extensive thrust can be initiated and then, if necessary, altered to form a sideways slash. This makes the Hirazuki quite versatile in combat. Hirazuki is also very deceptive attack since not often opponents see attacks with their left hand which made Saito Hajime on equal terms with Okita Souji who was the best swordsman of his time. It was also proven to be even deadlier than Okita Souji's Mumyo-ken aka Sandanzuki (Three way thrust) and it was rumored that it can counter Sandanzuki while being used. Rumor has it that Souji himself believed have feared Saito's skill with that technique. However the fact still remains debatable 

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