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January 2012

Consider defeat …

by Takwann
“In Iaido we always win against enemies” performing a kata slowly or quickly, result is the same … We win. Of course we are alone fighting against imaginary opponents and the scenario (Riai) says we win. How could we loose ? I did not deeply thought about this but writing it down suddenly gave me a strange feeling. Why should we be so sure (reassured) of the encounter result if we really live the kata, if we really live in the moment ?

Pratiquez, pratiquez, pratiquez

by Takwann
Dés que l'on commence à apprivoiser un kata, de nombreuses intrusions nous empêchent de nous concentrer : on s'aperçoit que l'absence de conscience est partout.

Kata31 Fluide - Vidéo Dailymotion

by Takwann
Une belle presentation du Me Hitohiro Saito fils et successeur du grand morihiro Saito .. la ligné des heritiers du TRADITIONNEL AIKIDO Takemusu Aiki...

October 2011

Iaido practice and warmup prior to class - YouTube

by Takwann
Some kata from Omori Ryu and Katori Shinto Ryu. Shot by a friend with a Sony Cybershot. For more info go to

July 2011

Karate Thoughts Blog: Learning the System

by Takwann
The Sensei laughed hard and replied, "It is good that you have learned the kata. Please think about this. You are like a chef who has gone to the market and assembled all the ingredients for a fine meal. Now you have to go back to the kitchen and cook!"

June 2011

Kendo no kata creators | [ ]

by Takwann
In 1906 the Butokukai made its first research into making a set of standardised kata for teaching its students (standardised kata for teaching had already been made in Tokyo shihan-gakko – Takano Sasaburo‘s gogyo-no-kata – and Keishicho – keishi-ryu). 17 members were selected from various ryu-ha, and a set of 3 kata were created called the Butokukai kenjutsu kata (武徳会剣術型). The individual kata names were: TEN (天 heaven), CHI (地 earth), and JIN (人 human). For some unknown reason, the kata were not popular or were not implemented successfully, and they disappeared. The photo below was taken on the 10th of August 1906 and shows the people involved in the creation of the kata. Names are given below.

April 2011

Kata Is Like A Textbook

by Takwann
Judging by some articles practitioners of the martial arts are beginning to seriously look at their arts and asking the question - is what I am being taught really self-defence or just an oriental art form? What's more, they're asking why you do this and that technique. Rather than just following blindly from one technique to another because someone tells them its so. This is not to say there is anything wrong with their particular martial art just the way they have been viewed or interpreted. Of course, it all depends on what you are training for in the first place. Are you doing it just to keep fit or as a sport? But for those of us who may need it for something more practical because of your job or environment then studying a martial art or some other combative system that offers you the best possible chance of surviving a bad situation is your best bet. Even so, unfortunately, many instructors of various systems are only capable for what ever reason, in teaching young and active trainees and do not teach traditional kata at all. Believing, wrongly in my opinion that kata has no place in a modern day combative system.

March 2011

YouTube - 神社 演武04

by Takwann
A group, most likely Fukuoka-teached, performing Shinto-ryu kenjutsu. The pair in the background are showing all 4 of the short-sword kata. The foreground pair are showing some of the long-sword kata.

YouTube - Donn Draeger Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu

by Takwann
Donn Draeger and Kaminoda Tsunemori demonstrate Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu.

YouTube - Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu

by Takwann
Taped at Kumano Hongu Taisha in Southeast Wakayama prefecture on August 20th, 2006. This is "the Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu kata from Shinto Muso ryu Jo." - Ai sui (sa) - Chibarai - Sarin - Uke nagashi - Suri komi

February 2011

Kendo and Kata – its relationship with Humanity and Buddhism

by Takwann
"Even if your foe is greatly evil, don't draw your sword, or let your foe draw theirs. Don't cut and don't be cut. Don't kill, and don't be killed. Help them transform into a good person. If they still won't comply, then send them to the next world."

Nihon Kendo Gata (Kata)

by Takwann
Supplied by Jumpei Matsumoto Chief National Kendo Coach From the original writing of Noboru Shigeoka Hanshi 9th Dan

January 2011

Iaido shinsain no me – The eyes of the Iaido judges

by Takwann
book called “Iaido shinsahin no me”. This book edited by the “Kendo Jidai” publisher is a compilation of 15x ZNKR 8th Dan Hanshi sensei’s opinions on what are the important points needed for shinsa, embu and taikai. It is of course written in Japanese and will probably not be translated, so we decided to start a very rough translation of some parts. The book is separated into fifteen parts, one for each sensei and each part separated into a 2 points and three chapters …

December 2010

September 2010

Kasumi Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

by Takwann
Kasumi Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu (霞神道流剣術?), or (Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu), is one of the names used to describe the collection of sword-versus-sword training-forms (kata) for the long and short sword found exclusively in the Japanese martial arts system Shintō Musō-ryū (SMR).[1] The system comprises 12 standing forms, 8 of which are for the longsword (Odachi) and 4 with the short sword (kodachi).

August 2010

July 2010

YouTube - 1000 Kata Of Omori Ryu: Inyoshintai

by Takwann
The "1000 Kata" of Omoriryu workshop videos are a 12 part series expanding the 12 kata to many many hundreds of different kata, perfect for developing dynamic Iaijutsu from the seemingly stoic forms of Omoriryu. Deepen your understanding with Shihan Wehrhahns detailed teachings.

Creativity, Bound Flow & The Concept of Shu-Ha-Ri In Kata - -

by Takwann
By Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D. "Bound flow" refers to movement which is held in check by certain parameters, for example ballet or other highly codified choreography. Since I study both martial arts and Japanese classical dance, "bound flow" has a great deal of significance for me. To the untrained eye, both iaido and Japanese classical dance forms look much more "bound," than "flowing," or you might say, more like work than self-expression.

May 2010

ZNKR Kata & Testing Info

by Takwann
The information provided here is not intended to teach you the kata; only attending class and practicing can do that. This information is subject to change pursuant to AUSKF requirements. Be sure to consult your instructor with any questions you may have.

April 2010

Maai and Personal Space in Iaido

by Takwann
Iaido is a difficult art to practice because we have no opponent, or rather, our opponent is imaginary and invisible. In this article I will discuss the concept of maai in relation to our impression of personal space and I will examine the interpretation of iaido kata in relation to this awareness of space.

2009 CKF Eastern and Central Iaido and Jodo Gradings

by Takwann
What a pleasure it was to attend the 2009 CKF iaido and jodo gradings at the Etobicoke Olympium in Ontario, Canada. The day began with an over-subscribed iaido seminar featuring instruction by Ohmi Goyo sensei, Asaoka Mitsuru sensei, Stephen Cruise sensei, David Green sensei (and myself). That's four nanadan and a rokudan for the 50 to 60 students who attended. The seminar began with a group run-through of Zen Ken Ren iai (seitei gata) and then the students were split into their challenge groups, ikkyu, shodan, nidan and sandan, and yondan up to receive some specific training.

What's in a Name?

by Takwann
We are a strange people. Us western iaidoka, that is. We are all part of a rich culture that goes back to Ancient Greece and to the Roman Empire. Were we only interested in the martial arts of the sword, we would still find a number of Western ones teaching European, Italian, and Scottish swordsmanship, and even more. Yet we have instead opted to study arts which come from the far east, from a land and a culture that is foreign to most of us. We try to understand the culture and philosophy of those who came before us through our practice. One way to help this along is through the study of the Japanese language, and I hope here to perhaps enlighten some of our practice through understanding the names of our kata. By 'our', I mean here the kata commonly practiced in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei. Let's get to it, shall we?

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