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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Kendo embodies the essence of Japanese fighting arts. While this is how Kata came into being, it soon became the essence of Kendo training and a yardstick for determining the skill-set of the master as also kenvo trainee. Keep the sword straight after the cut.

The blade of the sword is straight. 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.

When uchitachi moves, shitachi follows. But shitachi avoids the jatas by taking a step backwards onto the left foot and lifting both hands up, and cutting down uchitachi in half from the top of the head. There are only two cuts involved in this kata but this shows what exactly kendo is about.

Kendo Kata: Ippon-me

But as all the high rank senseis say, it must be studied more often than it is now. Uchitachi lets shitachi concentrate on learning techniques. Leave me a comment in the box below. Breathing of Kendo Kata I recommend learning how to breathe in kata, after you acquire the movements. Simply click the image below or click here and find out what you get from Newsletter.

Great Gift from Japan: 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.


I cannot remember whether or not I heard it directly from this sensei or from those who learned it from the sensei. Both lower their swords turning own sword to the right so the kensaki of your swords is approximately in front of your right knee. If you think kata is only a set of forms and no benefits to you, please keep reading. Some say, “execute a good seme with kigurai before you strike”. Body movements in kata can be difficult.

Uchitachi is a role of a higher grade people since it is a ” teaching” position. This episode is an answer to a great question by a long-time member, Ming. I will introduce the benefits of kata. The name of the technique is men-nuki-men.

With the right attitudes and procedures in our kata study, we can nurture our ki energy. In other words, do not bend the knees when katss down. Here is what happens Uchitachi takes hidari-jodan and shitachi takes migi-jodan. To mold the mind and body, To cultivate a vigorous spirit, And through correct and rigid training, To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo, To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor, To associate with others with sincerity, And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

Occasionally, real swords or swords with a blunt edge, called kata-yo or habiki, may be used for a display of kata. We can see some stances that we don’t use in the modern kendo anymore. Uchitachi cuts in to cut shitachi in half. Even now Kata in Kendo follows fixed patterns wherein the Uchidachi, or teacher, imparts instructions to Shidachi, or student.

Circa was witness to Nihon Kata being incorporated into the school curriculum as form of compulsory kendo training and remains as such till this kaas.

Grades Technical achievement in kendo is measured by advancement in grade, rank or level. There are usually 6 grades below 1-dan known as kyu.


Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with oendo physical elements. If you hold a lower rank than your partner and are practicing the uchitachi side, you have to be aware of the distance and timing to initiate moves.

The kats is what I learned when I was in New Zealand.

Kendo Kata: Ippon-me

The first kata kats from jodan no kamae. Some people turn the sword but it is not right. Uchitachi takes a little step backwards onto the left foot.

Only one change that distinguished between Kata of yesteryears and that of modern day was unification of all the traditional styles under a single heading known kayas Keishicho Gekken or Attacking Motion Kata. The “kyu” and “dan” grading system is used to assess the level of one’s skill in kendo. This is considered as a very immature stage of our skill because we take a person’s life.

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In the AJKF the grades of 9-dan kyu-dan and dan ju-dan are no longer awarded. 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. Of course, this was many centuries ago and was the earliest form of Kendo 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.

Both take three big steps forwards onto the front foot Uchitachi executes a men cut stepping onto the right foot. We actually end our opponent’s life in Kata No.