Training Guides

 

Official All Japan Kendo Federation Manuals can be purchased at:
http://zenkenren-shop.com/en/eigo/index.html

 

Dojo Documents:

Dojo Documents Size
DFWKIK Beginner’s Guide 1.64 MB
The Shinai 128.5 KB
Yuko Datotsu 30 KB
Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon.pdf 134.37 KB
DFWKIK Iaido Kihon 500 KB
DFWKIK Iaido Warm Ups 496 KB

 

Kendo (剣道):

Below are the kendo suburi terms (in order) for kendo class:

  1. Kyotsuke (kyo-tsu-ke) 気をつけ – Attention.
  2. Rei 礼 – Bow.
  3. Nuketo (nu-ke-to) 抜け刀 or Batto (ba-tto) 抜刀 - Draw the sword/shinai.
  4. Joge-buri Naname-buri 上下振り 斜め振り (jo-ge-bu-ri na-na-me-bu-ri) 20 x – Full swing motion strikes, first 10 are shomen and second 10 are sayumen strikes. (Counting: ichi, ni, san, shi, go…) “Jo” = high, “ge” = low, “buri” = strike/swing, “naname” = diagonal
  5. Yon-bu-no-men (yon-bu-no-men) 四歩の面 (also called “zen-shin-ko-tai-men 前進後退面) 20 x – Four step men strike, stepping forward and backward. (Counting: ichi-men-san-shi, ni-men-san-shi, san-men-san-shi, and so on)
  6. Mae-ushiro-shoumen-uchi Mae-ushiro-sayumen-uchi (ma-e-u-shi-ro-sho-men-uchi, ma-e-u-shi-ro-sa-yu-men-uchi) 前後ろ正面打ち 前後ろ左右面打ち 20 x – First 10 are shomen and second 10 are sayumen strikes. (Counting: ichi-ni-san-shi, go…) “Mae” = front, “ushiro” = back , “uchi” = strike
  7. Haya-suburi Go-ju-ka-i はや素振り (ha-ya-su-bu-ri) 50 x – Fast(jumping) men strikes. (Counting: ichi-ni-san-shi, go…) “Haya” = fast, “suburi” = strike/swing
  8. Shin-ko-kyu 深呼吸 3 x – Deep breathing exercise. (Counting: ichi, ni, san, si, ichi, ni, san, shi, ich, ni, san, shi)
  9. Sonkyo 蹲踞
  10. Osameto (O-sa-me-to) 収め刀 – Sword/shinai back to the saya/taito position.
  11. Rei 礼 – Bow

 

Kendo Class Notes:
These are the 4 concepts that were a focus of the seminar in Houston – February, 2009:
Seme (pressure or action which causes reaction) 攻め
Ki-Ken-Tai-Ichi (spirit, sword, and body as one) 気剣体一致
Sutemi (attack with no regard to self) 捨て身
Ichi Byoshi (one beat/breath) 一拍子

 

Kendo Shinsa:
AUSKF Kendo Shinsa/PromotionalExam Eligibility Requirement:
AUSKF Kendo Promotion Exam requirements

AUSKF Kendo Shinsa/PromotionalExam Study Guide:
AUSKF Study Guide for Kendo Promotional Exam

AUSKF Criteria for Awarding Ranks (Fuyo Kijun/付与基準):
AUSKF Criteria for Awarding Ranks (Fuyo Kijun/付与基準)

Easy to Understand Kendo Grading Booklet – Kouda Kunihide
Easy to Understand Kendo Grading – Kouda Kunihide わかりやすい剣道段級審査 (香田 郡秀)(English & Japanese), courtesy of Will Blades Sensei at Halifax Kendo Club, all pics, highly recommended!

Kendo Kata Book:
Nihon Kendo no Kata & Kihon Bokuto Waza
Nihon Kendo no Kata & Kihon Bokuto Waza – by Stephen D. Quinlan & Christina W. Quinlan(English), courtesy of Kingston Kendo Club, highly recommended!

Kendo Shiai/Shinpan Related Information:

Kendo Shiai Shinpan Administration Essentials Guide Shinpan Tebiki 剣道試合・審判・ 運営要領の手引き(English & Japanese), courtesy of Robert Stroud Sensei at Idaho Kendo Club

(FIK 2006 book. This is not the detailed Rules book, a simplified version)

The First Steps to Becoming A Referee by Terry Holt Sensei; Basic Rules of Kendo Tournaments and Refereeing, updated in Jan 2013

[NOTE] Always refer to the FIK Official Rules book link at the top of this page. The Japanese version of the book 剣道試合・審判規則/同細則 (April 2012) costs 350 Yen (around US$3) while the English/Japanese bilingual copy FIK Kendo Shiai and Shinpan Regulations [Japanese & English] (December 2006) costs 1000 Yen (around US$8).

 

 

 


(pic. by Yong Cho)

Seitei Iai (制定居合):

Seitei Iai Reference Manual:
Title: AJKF Iai Manual (Revised) [English]
Size: 148mm x 210mm – 50 page’
Date of issue: October 2006
Sold Here: http://zenkenren-shop.com/en/eigo/index.html
6 Kakari Keiko Iai Drills: My pursuit of Iaidō by Masahiro Yamasaki
Hasuji: Cutting Lines: Robert Stroud Sensei’s Dojo Iaido Guidelines

Zen Ken Ren Seitei Iai 12 Kata/Forms Names (全剣連制定 居合道):
01. Mae (前). Front. Commencing from a kneeling position, forestalling a frontal attack.
02. Ushiro (後ろ). Rear. Commencing from a kneeling position, forestalling an attack from the rear.
03. Ukenagashi (受け流し) Receive, Parry and Cut. Commencing from a kneeling position, parrying an attack from the left.
04. Tsuka-ate (柄当て). Striking with the Hilt. Commencing from a raised knee, seated position, forestalling two attackers, front and rear.
05. Kesagiri (袈裟切り). Diagonal Cut. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling an approaching attacker.
06. Morote-zuki (諸手突き). Two-Hand Thrust. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling three approaching attackers, two in front and one behind.
07. Sanpōgiri (三方切り). Three Direction Cut. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling three approaching attackers, one each to the right, left and front.
08. Ganmen-ate (顔面当て). Hit to the Face. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling two approaching attackers, front and rear.
09. Soete-zuki (添え手突き). Joined Hand Thrust. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling an attack from the left.
10. Shihōgiri (四方切り). Four Direction Cutting. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling four approaching attackers.
11. Sōgiri (総切り). Complete Cuts. Five different and complete cuts. Commencing from a standing position.
12. Nukiuchi (抜き打ち). Sudden Draw. Avoid, then respond to an attack from the front. Commencing from a standing position.
[Reference] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_Nippon_Kendo_Renmei_Iaido
{Demo Video}Hakuo Sagawa – Seitei Iaido (With Opponents and Japanese Explanation) 佐川 博男 – 居合道範士九段
{Demo Video}ZNKR Iaido official Demo in English
{Demo Video}Kusama Junichi Sensei Enbu 草間哼壹先生模範演武
{Demo Video}Masahiro Yamasaki Seitei Iai Demo 制定居合12本 居合道範士八段 山崎 正博

 

Muso Shinden Ryu (夢想神伝流):

 

A very good introduction article to Muso Shinden Ryu
Omori Ryu: The Foundation of Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido

Muso Shinden Ryu Reference Manual:
Title: Iaido Hongi: Muso Shinden Ryu (居合道本義―夢想神伝流)
Author: Yamatsuta Shigeyoshi (山蔦 重吉)
Translation: Sheryl Hogg
ISBN4-7502-0272-X
Sold Here: http://www.budovideos.com/iaido-hongi-muso-shinden-ryu-by-shigeyoshi-yamatsuta.html
https://budogu.com/

 

Shoden (初伝) aka OmoriRyu (大森流)

01. Shohattō (初発刀) also called Mae(前)cut to the front
02. Satō (左刀) also called Hidari(左)cut to the left
03. Utō (右刀) also called Migi(右) cut to the right
04. Ataritō (当刀) also called Ushiro(後)cut to the rear
05. In’yō Shintai (陰陽進退) also called Yaegaki (八重垣)dealing with two enemies, yin and yang retreat
06. Ryūtō (流刀) also called Ukenagashi(受流し)men block then cut to opponent as he passes, cut the opponent’s saya and side of the abdomen
07. Juntō (順刀) also called Kaishaku(介錯)Seppuku assistant [*not for public demonstration]
08. Gyakutō (逆刀) also called Tsukekomi(附込)men block while looking up at the opponent, deep men cut, todome thrust
09. Seichūtō (勢中刀) also called Tsukikage(月影)elbow cut
10. Korantō (虎乱刀) also called Oikaze(追風)walking cut
11. Battō (抜刀) also called Nukiuchi (抜打)cut from seiza
12. In’yō Shintai Kaewaza (陰陽進退替手) also called Sunegakoi(脛囲)yin and yang retreat exchange movement; only one opponent
[Reference] Wikipedia musoshinden ryu
[Reference] Wikipedia 夢想神伝流
[Reference] Genealogy of Muso Shinden Ryu
[Reference] Muso Shinden Ryu video (part 4)
{DemoVideo} Hakuo Sagawa – Muso Shinden-ryu: Omori-ryu (with Opponents/Explanation in Japanese) 佐川 博男 – 居合道範士九段
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu Shoden Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎)
{DemoVideo} Junichi Haga 羽賀準一 rare footage
{DemoVideoCombo} Various Styles Combo
*This above combo seems to be collected by some French Iai practitioner who included his own kata in the video too, usually the 2nd one with white gi and dark hakama, together with all the other iai legends. However he was able to collect 中山博道’s kata too which is kinda rare footage. It is interesting to compare all these different styles. Enjoy!

 

Chuden (中伝) aka Hasegawa EishinRyu (長谷川英信流)

01. Yokogumo (横雲) horizontal clouds
02. Toraissoku (虎一足) tiger’s one step
03. Inazuma (稲妻) thunder rolls
04. Ukigumo (浮雲) floating clouds
05. Yamaoroshi (山颪) downhill storm
06. Iwanami (岩浪) waves against the rocks
07. Urokogaeshi (鱗返) scaling off
08. Namigaeshi (浪返) backwash waves
09. Takiotoshi (滝落) waterfalls
10. Nukiuchi (抜打) sudden attack; also called Joi-uti (punishment ordered by the boss), a very common assassinating technique.
[Reference] Shidokan Montreal musoshindenryu page
[Reference] Wikipedia MusoShindenRyu
[Reference] Wikipedia 夢想神伝流
[Reference] Muso Shinden Ryu video (part 4)
{DemoVideo} Hakuo Sagawa – Muso Shinden-ryu: Eishin-ryu (with Opponents/Explanation in Japanese) 佐川 博男 – 居合道範士九段
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu Chuden Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎)
{DemoVideoCombo} Various Styles Combo
*This above combo seems to be collected by some French Iai practitioner who included his own kata in the video too, usually the 2nd one with white gi and dark hakama, together with all the other iai legends. However he was able to collect 中山博道’s kata too which is kinda rare footage. It is interesting to compare all these different styles. Enjoy!

 

Okuden (奥伝) Sitting Forms(居業) – Sitting in Tatehiza(立て膝)

01. Kasumi(霞)mist or rainbow; one man sitting in front of you, continuous cuts
02. Sunegakoi(脛囲) knee covering; block your knee first, then cut
03. Shihogiri(四方切)attacking the enemies coming from four directions; first a stab, then cuts
04. Todume(户詰) two men sitting before you, cut them one by one
05. Towaki(户脇) one is behind and another is in front of you. first attack the behind and then front.
06. Tanashita(棚下)hide yourself under a hovel, crawl out, then attack.
07. Ryodume(両詰)similar to Tanashita, first a stab, then cut
08. Torabashiri(虎走) tiger run; stand up, run forward in quick small steps and cut, run backward in quick small steps and cut
[Reference] Shidokan Montreal musoshindenryu page
[Reference] Wikipedia 夢想神伝流
{DemoVideo} Hakuo Sagawa – Muso Shinden-ryu: Okuiai Suwariwaza (with Opponents and Japanese Explanation)佐川 博男 – 居合道範士九段
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu Okuden Suwari-waza Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎) (starts at 5:40)
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu Okuden Suwari-waza Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎) (ends at 3:34)
{DemoVideoCombo} Various Styles Combo
*This above combo seems to be collected by some French Iai practitioner who included his own kata in the video too, usually the 2nd one with white gi and dark hakama, together with all the other iai legends. However he was able to collect 中山博道’s kata too which is kinda rare footage. It is interesting to compare all these different styles. Enjoy!

Okuden (奥伝) Standing Forms(立業)

01. Ikidure/Yukidure/Yukitsure 1(行連1)going side by side. (Escort) There are two men in the both side you, walking together. Maybe you are arrested by them, trying to escape.
Ikidure/Yukidure/Yukitsure 2(行連2)variations of ikidure/yukidure 1
02. Turedati(連達)going together. (Escort) There are one in front right and the other back left. stab the back left one then cut the front right
03. Somakuri(惣捲)sougiri in seitei iai was based on this; continuous attack, wind sword around to smash surrounding enemies
04. Sodome(総留)enemies are coming towards on a narrow path; continuous one-hand cuts
05. Shinobu(信夫)also called Yami-uti (attack in the darkness); approach your victim from his behind in the dark, slowly, quietly, use the tip of the sword to tap on the ground to divert his attention, then strike from the opposite side
06. Ikitigai/Yukichigai(行違)two persons coming towards in a row, first strike the front, stab the behind, then cut the front
07. Sodesurigaeshi(袖摺返)enemy behind a crowd, draw your sword, push away the crowd using your elbows and cut the target
08. Mon-iri(門入)enter the gate, lower yourself, stab the first coming one with great power one-hand, then cut the behind and front ones
09. Kabezoi(壁添)opponent by a wall, cut with sword up and down within the limited space
10. Ukenagashi(受流)receive and redirect opponent’s attack
[Reference] Shidokan Montreal musoshindenryu page
{DemoVideo} Hakuo Sagawa – Muso Shinden-ryu: Okuiai Tachiwaza (with Opponents and Japanese Explanation) 佐川 博男 – 居合道範士九段
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu OKuden Tachi-waza Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎) (starts at 3:35)
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu OKuden Tachi-waza Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎) (ends at 1:34)

 

Okuden (奥伝) Seiza Forms(正座) – Sitting in Seiza(正座)

01. Itomagoi 1(暇乞1)farewell 1; while saying good bye by bowing, suddenly draw out your sword, then swing it vertically onto the opponent’s head, smash at one stroke, before he notices what happens. Farewells are supposed to be a modification of Nukiuchi. Farewell 1 bow slightly by lowering your head only and draw sword immediately using both hands
02. Itomagoi 2(暇乞2)farewell 2 bow deeper by two hands touching the ground briefly then draw the sword the second right hand fingers touch the ground
03. Itomagoi 3(暇乞3)farewell 3 bow deepest with hands on the ground and head down; this will hide your sword drawing action from your opponent
[Reference] Shidokan Montreal musoshindenryu page
[Reference] Wikipedia 夢想神伝流
[Reference] Tosajuku 土佐塾
{DemoVideo} Muso Shinden Ryu Okuden Seiza-waza Demo video (silent) – Matasaburo Nagae(永江又三郎) (starts at 1:35)
{DemoVideoCombo} Various Styles Combo
*This above combo seems to be collected by some French Iai practitioner who included his own kata in the video too, usually the 2nd one with white gi and dark hakama, together with all the other iai legends. However he was able to collect 中山博道’s kata too which is kinda rare footage. It is interesting to compare all these different styles. Enjoy!

 

Kumitachi[組太刀]
The paired Kumitachi techniques (the kenjutsu part of the curriculum) are rarely taught today. Tachi Uchi no Kurai (太刀打の位) and Tsumeai no Kurai (詰合の位) are the series most often taught.

Tachiuchinokurai (太刀打の位)
一本目 出合 (deai)
二本目 附込 (tsukekomi)
三本目 請流 (ukenagashi)
四本目 請込 (ukekomi)
五本目 月影 (tsukikage)
六本目 水月刀 (suigetsuto)
七本目 絶妙剣 (zatsumyoken)
八本目 独妙剣 (dokumyoken)
九本目 心明剣 (shinmyoken)
十本目 打込 (uchikomi)
{DemoVideo} 夢想神伝流 太刀打の位 using iaito

Kuraitori (位取り)
一本目 出合 (deai)
二本目 拳取 (kobushidori)
三本目 雷(出撃)(kaminari)
四本目 詰流(撃流)(tsumenagashi)
五本目 鍔留 (tsubadome)
六本目 柄詰 (tsukazume)
七本目 神妙剣 (shinmyoken)
八本目 返討 (kaeriuchi)
九本目 青眼 (seigan)
{DemoVideo} 夢想神伝流 位取り using bokuto
{KeikoVideo}Iaido – Muso Shinden Ryu – Kurai Dori Tashi Waza using bokuto

Tsumeainokurai (詰合の位)
一本目 八相 (hasso)
二本目 拳取 (kobushidori)
三本目 岩浪 (iwanami)
四本目 八重垣 (yaegaki)
五本目 鱗返 (urokogaeshi)
六本目 位弛 (kuraiyurumi)
七本目 燕返 (tsubamegaeshi)
八本目 眼関落 (gansekiotoshi)
九本目 水月刀 (suigetsuto)
十本目 霞剣 (kasumiken)
十一本目 討込 (uchikomi)
{DemoVideo} 松本先生と詰合之位 using iaito
{KeikoVideo} 英信館道場の居合⑦(詰合の位) using bokuto

Daishozume (大小詰)
一本目 抱詰 (dakizume)
二本目 骨防 (koppo)
三本目 柄留 (tsukadome)
四本目 小手留 (kotedome)
五本目 胸捕 (munedori)
六本目 右伏 (migifuse)
七本目 左伏 (hidarifuse)
八本目 山影詰 (yamakagezume)

Daishotachizume (大小立詰)
一本目 〆捕 (shimetori)
二本目 袖摺返 (sodesurigaeshi)
三本目 鍔打返 (tsubauchigaeshi)
四本目 骨防返 (koppogaeshi)
五本目 蜻蜒返 (tonbogaeshi)
六本目 乱曲 (rankyoku)
七本目 電光石火 (denkosekka)

Tsumenokurai (詰の位)
一本目 抱詰 (dakizume)
二本目 脇坪 (wakitsubo)
三本目 胸取 (munedori)
四本目 詰懸 (tsumeken)
五本目 燕返 (tsubamegaeshi)
六本目 逆手そり (gyakutesori)
七本目 物見打 (monomiuchi)

 

*Last edited by DFWKIK Webmaster in October, 2015. All of the Iaido contents were added by the Webmaster mostly in 2014/2015. Please use the Contact Us page for comments or suggestions. If you have information, especially videos of all the kumitachi kata, please let me know. Many thanks!!