Iaido curriculum

Katana

Below you can find the names and approximate translations of the various kata in the ZNKR Seitei and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido syllabus. Koryu kata names come from a long history where meanings may have been different, the Chinese characters redefined or even rewritten and a certain degree of poetic license applied. To that end, it is not advised to take the translations too literally; they are names primarily and meanings secondarily. They may indicate a scenario, a methodology or simply a feeling within the kata. The Chinese characters used have multiple meanings depending on the context.

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iai

  1. Mae - Front
  2. Ushiro - Rear
  3. Ukenagashi - Deflection
  4. Tsukaate - Handle strike
  5. Kesagiri - Diagonal cut
  6. Morotezuki - Two-handed thrust
  7. Sanpogiri - Three-way cut
  8. Ganmenate - Face strike
  9. Soetezuki - Joined-hand thrust
  10. Shihogiri - Four-way cut
  11. Sogiri - Complete cutting
  12. Nukiuchi - Sudden draw
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Muso Shinden Ryu

Shoden (Omori Ryu) - First Teaching:

  1. Shohatto - First sword
  2. Sato - Left sword
  3. Uto - Right sword
  4. Atarito - Hitting sword
  5. Inyoshintai - Positive, negative, advance, retreat
  6. Ryuto - Flowing sword
  7. Junto - Ordered sword
  8. Gyakuto - Reverse sword
  9. Seichuto - Centre force sword
  10. Koranto - Wild tiger sword
  11. Gyaku Inyoshintai - Reverse inyoshintai
  12. Batto/Nukiuchi - Sudden draw

Chuden (Hasegawa Eishin Ryu) - Middle Teaching:

  1. Yokogumo - Floating clouds
  2. Toraissoku - Tiger's foot
  3. Inazuma - Lightning
  4. Ukigumo - Moving clouds
  5. Oroshi - Wind blowing down a mountain
  6. Iwanami - Waves in the rocks
  7. Urokogaeshi - Turning fish
  8. Namigaeshi - Returning wave
  9. Takiotoshi - Waterfall
  10. Nukiuchi - Sudden draw
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Okuden (Suwariwaza) - Inner Teaching (Seated):

  1. Kasumi - Mist
  2. Sunegakoi - Enclose the shin (knee)
  3. Shihogiri - Four way cutting
  4. Tozume - Blocked at the door
  5. Towaki - Side of the door
  6. Tanashita - Under the ledge
  7. Ryozume - Blocked on both sides
  8. Torabashiri - Tiger running

Okuden (Tachiwaza) - Inner Teaching (Standing):

  1. Yukizure - Accompaniment
  2. Tsuredachi/Rentatsu - Companions
  3. Somakuri - Complete retaliation
  4. Sodome - Complete stopping
  5. Shinobu - Loyal retainer
  6. Yukichigai - Misdirection
  7. Jinchu - Within a crowd
  8. Moniri - Entering a gate
  9. Kabezoi - Beside walls
  10. Ukenagashi - Deflection
  • Itomagoi - Farewell to the master (seiza):
  1. Itomagoi sono ichi - Farewell part 1
  2. Itomagoi sono ni - Farewell part 2
  3. Itomagoi sono sand - Farewell part 3
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