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Kata demonstrated by Shimizu Takaji (Jo) and Kuroda Ichitaro (Tachi).




  • Shidachi

    From Ichimonji no kamae, step forward and to the right block the thrust. 

    Right foot steps forward and Gyakuteuchi (strike the shoulder for safety).

    Without moving your left hand, slide your lead hand (right) down the jo as far as it will go. Then, reverse ends of the jo and strike the forearm.

    Step forward, crouch down and pin Uchidach`s hands while pressing the tip of the jo into the solar plexus. Slide the jo down the length of the sword. When the tip touches the ground quickly stand up and holding jo down at your right side.

    Swing around and strike Uchidachi`s right temple. Metsuki.

    Change grip on jo. Osame.



  • Uchidachi

    (Start the same as Sakan.)

    Ma-ai is farther apart than Sakan.

    Advance in Hasso kamae. Prepare to thrust. As you thrust turn the blade. This is a thrust AND A CUT across the abdominal region.

    Step back, raise the tachi as if to spear Shidachi (at the same time Shidachi does Gyakuteuchi).

    Left strike to Shidachi`s neck. Shidachi avoids the cut, and strikes your forearm then pins your hands. You cannot go anywhere, as the jo slides down the blade of the tachi. As soon as the jo reaches the floor, you are free. Retreat. Gedan Kamae. Osame.

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