NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Gohon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014.   5本目 — dō no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut dō. ⇒ From waki step back to avoid the dō cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — The last sequence of Shikake-ōji No. 8 ressembles this pattern.  

At the Sharp End

By Stuart Gibson Originally published in Kendo World 4.3, 2008. Recently in Tokyo there has been something of a furore regarding mukae-zuki, which at the beginning of August this year culminated in letters from the Municipal Kendo Association going to all dōjō in Tokyo. Basically, a high ranking teacher in a particular ward had seriously injured someone with mukae-zuki, to the point that the person actually needed time off work to recover. The injuries included severe bruising to the throat and … Continue reading

NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Yonhon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 4本目 — tsuki ni taishi makiotoshi-zuki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and thrust to nodo. ⇒ From chūdan step back and perform a makiotoshi, then thrust to nodo. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — Apart from the bayonet style thrusts employed here, this pattern is similar to the first kata in modern naginata.

NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Sanbon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 3本目 — kote no zangeki ni taishi nuki hidari-men zangeki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and cut kote. ⇒ From waki step back diagonally to avoid the kote cut, and cut to hidari-men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 1st grade. — Here, the final men cut is performed from waki, but it is not a shōmen strike. This is a soku-men cut (to the left) and thus, the back … Continue reading