The Kendo no Kata and Bokuto ni Yoru Kihon Waza Keiko wo
Bokuto use in kendo is primarily to refine technique using non-contact forms. There are 2 sets of exercises both of which are used in gradings. At the bottom of this page are links to some resources for both of these exercises.
Kendo no kata- The kendo kata are formalized exercises using the bokuto between a pair of kenshi. On th eone side is the uchidachi, which is commonly referred to as the ‘teacher’s’ side, and the shidachi which is referred to as the student side. There are seven kata in which both sides use the tachi or long sword (approx. 100cm wooden sword known as a bokuto or bokken). There are an additional 3 kata where the uchidachi uses the tachi but the shidachi uses a kodachi or short sword.
Bokuto ni Yoru Kihon Waza Keiko wo- The ‘kihon kata’ (as it is sometimes referred to) encompasses many waza (techniques) used in kendo. Some say that it is even more applicable to kendo as it does not use any ‘specialized’ kamae as the kendo no kata such as wakigamae, hasso etc. In the kihon waza keiko there are also two sides. The ‘teacher’ side in this is called the motodachi and the ‘student’ side is called the kakarite. There are a total of nine exercises, each practicing a different waza form. In all the exercises both kenshi use tachi or long swords.
For more information regarding these two important parts of kendo instruction please follow the links below:
This is a resource put together by Steve Quinlan and Christina Quinlan and posted on the Kingston Kendo club web site.
Please feel free to visit their web site for other helpful information.
Please read his disclaimer below:
****As a disclaimer, please use it as a guide…no more. While I attempt to keep the descriptions in line with what the AJKF recommends, it may or may not conflict in some details compared to that of your own sensei, so obviously please follow your sensei’s teaching. Any errors are my own.*****
In addition, although permission had been given to us to link directly to the document this is for non-commercial use only. Do not attempt to sell or otherwise make profit from this resource. If you wish to link your own web site to this please contact Mr. Quinlan through the Kingston Kendo Club web site to ask permission and give him the link to your site for his personal record. Please do not alter the booklet in any way.
This is a resource and pictorial guide to the kihon keiko wo assembled by Mark Uchida at the Mushinkan Kendo dojo web site. The Mushinkan web site is also a good resource for information you may wish to visit.
This link will take you to Kendo-Guide.com which has a number of resources for kata and kendo in general.