This entry is part 1 of 18 in the series Monbusho Seitei Kata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. In 1941, the Dai-Nippon Butokukai published a set of generic kata and teaching guidelines entitled Naginata-dō Kihon Dōsa (see Kendo World issue 6.3) for the purpose of promoting a unified form of naginata to be taught in schools all around Japan. Naginata was adopted into the female physical education program in 1913 as an extracurricular activity, and then elevated to an elective subject from 1937. Until that time, naginata instruction in schools had always consisted of the study of ryūha techniques, mainly from the Tendō-ryū and the Jikishin Kage-ryū traditions, with no unified curriculum from oneRead More →

This entry is part 2 of 18 in the series Monbusho Seitei Kata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 1本目 — men no zangeki ni taishi uchiotoshi-zuki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and cut men. ⇒ From hidari-hassō step back, perform uchiotoshi and thrust to nodo (throat). Notes: — This kata was studied from primary school, 6th grade. — In the MSK, right or left stances are named after the position of the naginata: if the weapon is held on the left side of the body, then one is assuming a left stance or hidari-kamae. If the weapon is on the right side of the body, then one is assuming a right stance or migi-kamae. It isRead More →

This entry is part 3 of 18 in the series Monbusho Seitei Kata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 2本目 — sune no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: ⇒ From hassō step back to avoid the sune cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from primary school, 6th grade. — Even if the final men cut is performed from hassō, it is not a soku-men in this case but a shōmen. Therefore, the back hand rests below the abdomen at the end of the strike.  Read More →

This entry is part 4 of 18 in the series Monbusho Seitei Kata

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 hand should rest in front of the solar plexus at the end of the strike.Read More →