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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Scoring in Kendo occurs by making an accurate strike or defending with a perfect thrust, maintaining a correct posture and fighting with a right attitude. Uchitachi should not lower the body as cutting down. When executing their cut, both uchitachi and shitachi should snap up their back foot.

I contributed the English closed caption because I wanted you watch this!

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Awareness is another aspect which is also checked and it is observed by continually keeping an eye on the physical and mental alertness of the contestant. Keep the knees straight. In kendo, we learn okuri-ashi as the basic footwork, in which we have to keep the left foot behind the right foot while moving.

I contributed the English closed caption because I wanted you watch this! Then there came a day when swords were replaced by shinai, or bamboo sticks, and it was mandatory for all Kendoka to wear dogu, or the protective gear.

But as all the high rank senseis say, it must be studied more often than it is now. About Katas Grades News Contact.

Maybe because kata does not seem kenndo practical to many people for shinai kendo, many people see kata as something they have to do for their promotion exam grading. Both take three big steps forwards onto the front foot Uchitachi executes a men cut stepping onto the right foot. It also contains the power of your internal energy, which we may feel as pressure from our opponent.


If you want to know how it should be done, this article, Breathing in Katamay help.

The name of the technique is men-nuki-men. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

They have an interpreter katqs the video so I don’t think I need to explain what is going on so I shared my view on this one. I will use his teachings to explain the meaning of Kata No. Kendo embodies the essence of Japanese fighting arts. One of the reasons as to why trainees, especially children, refrain from practicising Kata is because of its predictable nature. Leave me a comment in the kendoo below. Of course, this was many centuries ago and was the earliest form of Kata but it was the deadly nature of combat that prompted the Kenjutsu, or Kendo teachers, to evolve a style of fighting which was unique and bore a distinct stamp of the teacher.

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.

Importance of Kata in Kendo

These are performed with both bokken and bokuto, the kata include fundamental techniques of attacking and counter-attacking, and have useful practical application in general kendo. 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.

In an era when Kendo was practiced katax 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.


The Purpose of practicing Kendo is: This kata tells us that there is a very thin layer between life and death. All Japan Kendo Federation: Both uchitachi and shitachi take chudan. This episode is an answer to a great question katae a long-time member, Ming.

Kendo Kata – Wikipedia

We all know that we use a shinai as a sword, so the direction of the blade hasuji is very important. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements. Great Gift from Japan: 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.

Nihon Kendo Kata was created by integrating many kata forms from different kenjutsu schools in Grades Technical achievement in kendo is measured by advancement in grade, rank or level.

Why is it important to learn Kata in Kendo training? 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.

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.