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Terms & Drills


Bokuto ni yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keikoho









STARTS at 20:00

1. Reigi with bokuto/shinai (no men/kote): 3 mins

Seiretsu: line up

Seiza: sit down (kneeling).

Shisei-o-tadashite: correct your posture

Mokuso: meditation

Shomen ni rei: Bow to the head wall

Sensei ni rei: Bow to the teacher saying "Onegaishimasu: Please train with me."

Otagai ni rei: Bow to each other. to the front saying "Onegaishimasu : Please train with me."

Kiritsu: stand-up


2. Make a circle/ Warm up: 5mins

- make a circle and stretching 

- Sage-To: a position that we have our sword when we walk with it. We have our sword in our left hand and naturally hold it with the arm straight. The tsuka-gashira (the end of the grip) must be kept within your body. It should not be outside the body.

- Tai-To: wear your sword. lift your left hand to the hipbone. This is actually an imitation of a samurai who carries a sword. The tsuka-gashira should be in the center of your body. Lock your sword with the left thumb as shown below

- sonkyo: Crouching/squatting  "En Garde" position

- Nuke-To: draw sword  / *OSAME-To: withdraw your sword to taito position.

- KAMAE-te: take a posture, so take chudan.

-Chudan (no kamae)


3. Bokuto suburi - 5mins

- Jogeburi: up-down swing. Big straight vertical cuts ending with kensen at knee level

- Naname-buri with hiraki-ashi*: Diagonal swing ending with kensen(end of sword) at knee level while using footwork to turn the body diagonally




- Tsuki: Thrust to throat guard

*Nidan uchi:



-Zenshin kotae men: continues straight men-striking while moving forward and backward.  

-Zenshin kotai sayu-men: continues diagonal men-striking while moving forward and backward.  

-Men-Uchi with Fumikomi

-Haya-suburi: fast-striking. Straight vertical cuts to head level while jumping forward and back 


4. Bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon waza keikoho (kihon keiko ho) - 10 mins (2 sets)


Kamae: everything is in chudan;

Metsuke: look at your opponents eyes;

Maai: all waza start from issoku-itto-no-maai* and the completion of each set finishes in YOKOTE*

Datotsu (strike): strike with the correct flight path, using the monouchi and pull up your left leg (hikitsuke). All strikes should be made in a single motion (ichibyoshi). Although the strikes stop just before the target, the student must be made to understand that they are cutting or thrusting with a sword;

ashisabaki: use okuriashi

kakegoe: call the name of the target area ie men, kote, do, or tsuki

zanshin: after striking return to chudan without a lapse in concentration.

*issoku-itto-no-mai: This is a basic distance in kendo and also ultimate distance in kendo. It is literally means one step and one cut

*YOKOTE: lower part of of kensaki (tip)

Kihon 1 – Ippon uchi no waza: Shomen. Kote. Do. Tsuki

Kihon 2- ni-san dan no waza: Kote-men

Kihon 3 – Harai-waza: Harai-men

Kihon 4 – Hiki-waza: Hiki-do

Kihon 5 – Nuki-waza : men nuki-do

Kihon 6 – Suriage-waza: kote suriage-men

Kihon 7 – Debana-waza: debana-kote

Kihon 8 – Kaeshi-waza: men kaeshi-do

Kihon 9 – Uchiotoshi-waza: do uchiotoshi-men


*2min break


5. Reigi - 3mins

Seiretsu : line up with Men/kote/shinai

Seiza : sit down (kneeling).

Mokuso : meditation



6. BASIC MEN-UCHI PRACTICE (5types) – 10 mins

1) Men-Uchi with no footwork: 4 times each

2) Men-Uchi with one big suri-ashi: 4 times each

3) Men-Uchi from a distance maai (Toh-ma): 4 times each

4) Men-Uchi from Shokujin-maai (touching shinai): 4 times each

5) Men-Uchi from Issoku-itto-no-maai: 4 times each


7. Kihon keiko ho (with shinai) - 10 mins


8. Kirikaeshi - 5mins (5times)

: Repeated combination of straight men striking and diagonal men striking


9. 30seconds one side ippon attack practice - 7mins *


10. Jigeiko(Free practice) - 30 ~ 50mins*


11. Kirikaeshi - 1mins (1time)

: Repeated combination of straight men striking and diagonal men striking


12. Reigi -3 mins

Seiretsu : line up

Seiza : sit down (kneeling).

Mokuso : meditation

Shomen ni rei :Bow to the head wall

Sensei ni rei : Bow to the teacher saying "Arigato gozaimashita"

Otagai ni rei : Bow to each other. normally to the front saying "Arigato gozaimashita"


Arigatou gozaimashita: thank you very much



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