Seitei Kata Iaido: A Look at the 12 Forms

Iaido is the art of Japanese swords drawing. For those who are interested in Iaido, in today’s world, instruction can be found in many of the Kendo regulated martial arts schools. In fact most Iaido taught today is learned as part of Kendo. The All Japan Kendo Association has developed 12 katas, representative of forms, for Iaito. They are often referred to as Seitei Kata Iaido or Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Seitei Gata Iaido. As a beginner with Iaido here are the 12 main forms you can expect to learn.

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An introduction to Batto Jutsu

I am often asked, what is batto jutsu. In its literal translation the term refers to sword drawing. In today’s uses though, that is rarely what batto jutsu actually refers to. In this article we will look at Batto Jutso Ryu. I will teach you what it is and what it isn’t. WHAT IS BATTO JUTSU RYU? To start our look at this particular branch of the Japanese sword arts, let’s first talk about what batto jutsu really is. There are actually a couple places where you may find the term used, so I

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Shotokai karate – Kyle Karate Club

Hi, My name is Andy Brown, I’m a 53 year old male who lives on the west coast of Scotland. I’ve been practicing Shotokai karate with Kyle Karate Club and have reached the level of 1st Dan Black belt. Shotokai was developed by Sensei Mitsuzuke Harada and brought to the UK in the 60’s when he moved here. Over the years since then there have been some splits within the original group which has left us independent. We still recognise Sensei as the developer of our style even if we no longer

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Kendo, Kenjutsu and Iaido : The Main Japanese Sword Arts

If you’ve been considering getting started in the Japanese sword arts you are in for a very rewarding hobby. These types of martial arts allow for something different when compared to the more traditional hand-to-hand combat styles. Whether you are a new budo practioner, or have already started on your path to learning the way of the warrior - your first step to get started in the path of the samurai is to learn a little about the arts themselves. The Japanese sword arts that are commonly taught

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