This is a page to introduce first Kendo Kata No.1, Ippon-me. It explains the meanings behind the kata. S T E P H E N D. Q U I N L A N. Nihon Kendo no Kata &. Kihon Bokuto Waza. K I N G S T O N K E N D O C L U B • M AY 1 9, 2 0 1 4. Kendo Principles V explains the Nippon Kendo Kata in details. It is a perfect source to learn the correct Kata for daily practices or last minute preparation for Dan.

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Nihon Kendo Kata was created by integrating many kata forms from different kenjutsu schools in The purpose of this action was, I heard, to keep the traditional kenjutsu forms in kendo to remember where kendo came from.

We can see some stances that we don’t use in the modern kendo anymore. 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.

Kendo Kata: General Infomation on Kata

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. It may not be as exciting as shinai kendo because kata does not involve active movements like shinai kendo. Also kedo 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 latas introduce the benefits of kata. We all know that we use a shinai as a sword, keendo 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 kenndo behind the right foot while moving. In kata, we do not have to keep the left foot behind the right foot. 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 kendp 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. You don’t feel weak. 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”. Don’t worry about this too much if you are 2nd dan or below.

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. Are there any reasons why we don’t have to study kata? 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.

Kendo Kata: Ippon-me

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. It is still a good idea to know how to breathe in kata. If you want to know how it should be done, this article, Breathing in Katamay help.

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All Japan Kendo Federation: Nihon Kendo Kata Nihon Kendo Kata was created by integrating many kata forms from different kenjutsu schools in Comments Have your say about what you just read! Keendo me a comment in the box below. Kendo Guide For Beginners Book.