This is a page to introduce first Kendo Kata No.1, Ippon-me. It explains the meanings behind the kata. S T E P H E N D. Q U I N L A N. Nihon Kendo no Kata &. Kihon Bokuto Waza. K I N G S T O N K E N D O C L U B • M AY 1 9, 2 0 1 4. Kendo Principles V explains the Nippon Kendo Kata in details. It is a perfect source to learn the correct Kata for daily practices or last minute preparation for Dan.

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Occasionally, real swords or swords with a blunt edge, called kata-yo or habiki, may be used for a display of kata. The first kata starts from jodan no kamae.

Kendo Kata: Ippon-me

Rotary Center for the Arts Cawston Ave. The blade of the sword is straight. We can learn a distance and timing to strike.

In an era when Kendo was practiced by practitioners sans any protective gear and with swords, it was a do-or-die affair wherein either the kendoka would win and walk out of the arena alive or face defeat and simultaneous death. You really will appreciate these hakama! We all know that we use a shinai as a sword, so the direction of the blade hasuji is very important. There are usually 6 grades below 1-dan known as kyu.

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Here is what happens Uchitachi takes hidari-jodan and shitachi takes migi-jodan. For example, we do not use a kodachi in kendo unless we have two swords. Both lower their swords turning own sword to the right so the kensaki of your swords is approximately in front of your right knee.

Points are awarded to a contestant if the strike is made around the head protector, wrist protector, armor that covers the torso or the protector that guards the throat.

Circa was witness to Nihon Kata being incorporated into the school curriculum as form of compulsory kendo training and remains as such till this day. Thus, we must concentrate and learn how to control our sword. Leave me a comment in the box below. Grades Technical achievement in kendo is measured by advancement in grade, rank or level. Learning to build and use pressure, channeling spiritual energy and developing a spirit of kinship are some of the motives that Nihon Kata inculcates in its practitioners and hence is a valuable aspect of training.


This is the same as kendo. The 8-dan kendo exam is extremely difficult, with a reported pass rate of less than 1 percent. Concentration is a must during Kendo practice, especially while mastering Kata, and it is but natural that the trainee is bound to experience improved focus courtesy of prolonged practice.

Likewise, minimum two referees must give consent for a contestant to be awarded a point. You really will appreciate these hakama!

The Purpose of practicing Kendo is: I will use his teachings katss explain the meaning of Kata No. It may not be as exciting as shinai kendo because mendo does not involve active movements like shinai kendo. Referred to as Kata, this style reflected the ethos of the ryu-ha, or school, and comprised of a particular set of core techniques that were kept as closely guarded secrets by its alumnii and passed on to the next generation as legacy.

The purpose of this kata is 1 to teach beginners and students of 2 Dan and below that the basis of kendo is to cut with a blade; 2 to show that the kihon kata can be applied to techniques; 3 to make it easier to learn kendo no kata. Only one change that distinguished between Kata of yesteryears and that of modern day was unification of all the traditional styles under keendo single heading known as Keishicho Gekken or Attacking Motion Kata.

The kyu numbering is in reverse order with 1-kyu ikkyu being the grade immediately below 1-dan. If you are interested in learning if Kendo is right for you, please feel free to come and join a class.

Since the cut misses shitachiit goes all the way down. That means uchitachi is determined to execute this cut. However, it is in the monotony that benefits of Kata lie, the primary advantage being developing a good sense of direction for striking and thrusting the sword. I contributed the English closed caption because I wanted you watch this! Also we all know what and how our partner will strike us and what and how we counterattack them.


If there is a tie, the match is either declared as drawn or continued till either contestant scores a point or the decision is left to the three referees. On the other hand, when the level of our ki is low, we feel weak and vulnerable. It roughly means “put pressure on your opponent with the good level of your internal energy before you strike”.

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In the AJKF katsa grades of 9-dan kyu-dan and dan ju-dan are no longer awarded. Leave me a comment in the box below. You don’t feel weak. It involves more movements and techniques. In kata, we do not have to keep the left foot behind the right foot. Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho is the first set of kata and consists of 9 waza using the bokken.

Uchitachi takes a little step backwards onto kataz left foot. Kendo examinations typically consist of a demonstration of the applicants skill and for some dan grades, also a written exam.

Victor Nishi Instructor – Yondan Tel: Greg Reschke Instructor – Sandan Tel: If you are interested in learning more about kendo to see if it is a good fit for you, please feel free to come out and watch one of our training sessions. However, it does not matter what word it is translated into, it is the source of your energy that is not something we can see but we can feel.

Nihon Kendo Kata Explained. So please keep that in mind. The purpose of this action was, I heard, to keep the traditional kenjutsu forms in kendo to remember where kendo came from. If you want to know how it should be done, this article, Breathing in Katamay help.

Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements.