Shoden Seitei Kata 初伝 制定形
The Shoden Seitei Kata are the beginning kata of the Zen Nihon Batto Do Renmei. They are oriented towards teaching basic techniques and are used for tameshigiri. These are the first kata most students learn, but the fundamentals they represent are good for all students. If you feel you have mastered these kata, then your attitude has put you at the limit of what you can learn. Face each kata with the heart of a novice, and there will always be something to learn.
|Ippon Me||一本目 ||Hidari Kesa / Migi Kesa||左袈裟 /右袈裟|
|Nihon Me||二本目||Hidari Kesa / Gyaku Kesa||左袈裟 /逆袈裟|
|Sambon Me||三本目||Hidari Kesa / Suihei||左袈裟 /水平|
|Yonhon Me||四本目||Hidari Kesa / Migi Kesa / Gyaku Kesa||左袈裟 /右袈裟 /逆袈裟|
|Gohon Me||五本目||Rokudan Giri ||六段斬|
Group kata is performed by multiple people at the same time. It is the normal type of kata done during classes. Group kata are lead by a senior who sets the pace for the kata.
- Never get ahead of those senior to yourself
- Attempt to keep up with those senior to yourself
- Base your timing on the most senior student performing the kata
- The most senior student should be especially careful about timing
- Maintain awareness of those around you at all times
- The entire group should try to keep synchronized for demonstrations
Individual kata is performed for testing and demonstrations. The pace is very important since most people have a tendency to go too fast. Kata speed is slower than reality to allow proper form to build muscle memory.
- Students should show proper timing and keep from speeding up
- Students at nidan and above can show individual interpretation of kata timing
Formal kata presentations are done for demonstrations and competitions. They should show the practitioners skill, control, and composure.
- Mentally prepare yourself before entering the presentation area
- The katana should be carried but a wakizashi may be worn if appropriate for rank and situation.
- Walk formally into the presentation area to your starting position
- Walk in straight orthogonal lines
- Keep your feet on the ground
- Do not raise the toes
- Stop and make turns by rotating in place
- Walk with your katana in your right hand with your thumb on the saya
- Maintain a low center of gravity
- Keep your back straight
- Always perform kata towards the front of the room. This may be the audience for a demonstration or the judges for a competion.
- The first bow is to judges / class / audience
- 15 degrees deep
- Straight back
- The second bow is to the spiritual center of room. This may be a kamidana, American/Japanese flags, or a VIP table.
- Rotate the katana in the right hand
- Kissaki of sword is to center in front of right foot.
- Respectful 30 degrees deep
- Longer than first bow
- Straight back
- Third bow is to your sword
- Rotate the katana back to the normal position
- Sword is at eye level
- Cover kogiri with hand
- Keep sword up while bowing
- Put your katana in obi
- Use thumb to separate obi
- Hand stays on obi while inserting sword
- Focus yourself on a distant point and do not look down
- Perform all kata
- Remove katana from obi
- Repeat bow to your sword
- Repeat bow the spiritual center of room
- Repeat bow to judges / class / audience
- Walk formally out of the presentation area