naginata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the designated kamae. At the end of each kata, both should first assume chūdan again, then go back to the original position assuming migi-kowaki (mugamae in modern naginata) for shidachi and lowering the kensen for uketachi. Gohon-me – Waki (1) SHIDACHI: assume migi-waki, take two steps forward and take the maai. (1) UKETACHI: assume jōdan and take three steps forward. (2) SHIDACHI: step forward with the right foot and strike dō. (2)Read More →

naginata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the designated kamae. At the end of each kata, both should first assume chūdan again, then go back to the original position assuming migi-kowaki (mugamae in modern naginata) for shidachi and lowering the kensen for uketachi. Yonhon-me – Hassō (1) SHIDACHI: assume hassō, take two steps forward and take the maai. (1) UKETACHI: assume hassō and take three steps forward. (2) SHIDACHI: step forward with the right foot and strike hidari-men. (2)Read More →

naginata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the designated kamae. At the end of each kata, both should first assume chūdan again, then go back to the original position assuming migi-kowaki (mugamae in modern naginata) for shidachi and lowering the kensen for uketachi.   Sanbon-me – Gedan (1) SHIDACHI: assume gedan, take two steps forward and take the maai. (1) UKETACHI: assume jōdan and take three steps forward. (2) SHIDACHI: step forward from the left foot and strike theRead More →

naginata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the designated kamae. At the end of each kata, both should first assume chūdan again, then go back to the original position assuming migi-kowaki (mugamae in modern naginata) for shidachi and lowering the kensen for uketachi.   Nihon-me – Chūdan (1) SHIDACHI: assume chūdan, take two steps forward and take the maai. (1) UKETACHI: assume hassō and take three steps forward. (2) SHIDACHI: step forward with the right foot and keep theRead More →

naginata

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the designated kamae. At the end of each kata, both should first assume chūdan again, then go back to the original position assuming migi-kowaki (mugamae in modern naginata) for shidachi and lowering the kensen for uketachi.   Ippon-me – Jodan (1) SHIDACHI: assume jōdan, from the back foot take two steps forward into the correct maai. (1) UKETACHI: assume chūdan and from the front foot take three steps forward. (2) SHIDACHI: stepRead More →