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Shoden Seitei Kata - Yonhon Me (#4)
Yonhon Me (四本目)
Hidari Kesa / Migi Kesa / Gyaku Kesa (左袈裟 /右袈裟 /逆袈裟)
#4 - Diagonal downward cut to the left / Diagonal downward cut to the right / Reverse upwards cut
Take three steps forward while drawing the katana overhead. The first step is made with the right foot. Perform Hidari Kesa (downward diagonal cut to the left). Step up with the left foot and then back with the right foot. Perform Migi Kesa (downward diagonal cut to the right) and Gyaku Kesa (reverse upward diagonal cut to the left). Step back with the left foot while raising the katana into Jōdan no Kamae (Upper guard with point of sword pointed up and slightly back). Pause 2 to 3 seconds and lower the katana into Chudan no Kamae (middle guard with point of sword level with throat).
Chuburi (fling blood off of sword) finishing with kissaki (sword point) in front of right knee and the left hand at the obi over the saya. The kissaki should be at a height between the knee and the waist. Bring the left hand to the koiguchi (mouth of scabbard) and position the saya (scabbard) for the noto. Begin the noto by bringing the habaki (blade collar) to the koiguchi (mouth of scabbard) with the blade held horizontal. Push the katana forward running the mune (back of sword) on the left hand at the koiguchi (mouth of scabbard). Let the kissaki (sword point) drop in the saya (scabbard) and snap the saya forward to align it to the mune (back) of the katana. The katana is slipped slowly into the saya keeping the mune pressed against the saya. Bring the left foot forward making it even with the right foot as the katana is seated in the saya. The left hand is left at the top of the saya (scabbard) with the thumb holding the tsuba (guard) to keep the katana in place. Run the right hand along the top of the tsuka (sword handle) and then place it back on the right thigh. Take three steps back to the starting position starting with the left foot. Move the left hand back down to the original position.
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