Kendo Kata: Ippon-me Kata No. The first kata starts from jodan no kamae. I find it very interesting because we all learn chudan first in kendo. I may be able to explain why after the introduction of the meaning of the kata No. Meaning of Kata No. But shitachi avoids the cut 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.
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The purpose of this action was, I heard, to keep the traditional kenjutsu forms in kendo to remember where kendo came from. For example, we do not use a kodachi in kendo unless we have two swords.
So kendo kata definitely contains old style kenjutsu moves and they are different from kendo with shinai shinai kendo. That is why we have to learn these forms. Maybe because kata does not seem very practical to many people for shinai kendo, many people see kata as something they have to do for their promotion exam grading. But as all the high rank senseis say, it must be studied more often than it is now. The No. It may not be as exciting as shinai kendo because kata does not involve active movements like shinai kendo.
Also we all know what and how our partner will strike us and what and how we counterattack them. They are all decided. Thus, it is not very exciting. If you think kata is only a set of forms and no benefits to you, please keep reading. I will introduce the benefits of kata. Kata helps us to learn: Correct directions for the Datotsu strikes and thrusts Correct attack intervals Sincerity inherent in martial techniques Developing Kigurai pride p. We all know that we use a shinai as a sword, so the direction of the blade hasuji is very important.
Kata gives us a good sense of hasuji and helps use to use our shinai as a sword. We can learn a distance and timing to strike. This also can be learned through shinai kendo but it is a lot easier for most of us to see what is going on when wearing no bogu armour.
Body movements in kata can be difficult. 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. In kata, we do not have to keep the left foot behind the right foot.
This confuses beginners. Also there is other footwork involved in kata so for many kata is very hard to learn. However, since we do not have our bogu on and the movements are slower than shinai kendo, it is a good chance to learn these movements. We must concentrate during kata practice. Thus, we must concentrate and learn how to control our sword. With the right attitudes and procedures in our kata study, we can nurture our ki energy. Ki may be translated into various English words; aura, internal energy, mental strength, energy flow and so on.
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. If the level of your internal energy is high, you feel proud and confidence. On the other hand, when the level of our ki is low, we feel weak and vulnerable.
It is not a good idea to have that kind of kigurai in a battle. It also contains the power of your internal energy, which we may feel as pressure from our opponent. Some say, "execute a good seme with kigurai before you strike". It roughly means "put pressure on your opponent with the good level of your internal energy before you strike".
You will be able to understand what is kigurai when you improve. This is not something we understand without enough experience in kendo and life. Kendo kata will give us these great benefits. Uchitachi Versus Shitachi We need two people to practice Kendo kata and they have their own role.
One is called uchitachi some people call it uchidachi and shitachi some call it shidachi. Uchitachi is a role of a higher grade people since it is a "teaching" position. Uchitachi initiates movements and controls all the distances. Uchitachi lets shitachi concentrate on learning techniques. Shitachi is generally a student. It involves more movements and techniques. When uchitachi moves, shitachi follows. However, since we have to know both sides, we do not have to stick to the rule mentioned above.
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. Breathing of Kendo Kata I recommend learning how to breathe in kata, after you acquire the movements. In other words, you will not be able to learn how to breathe because you are too busy to try to remember the kata movements.
Kendo Kata: Ippon-me