Kendo Kata

(Nihon Kendo no Kata: "The Forms of Japanese Kendo")

There are ten Kata in total. These ten forms serve as the foundation for modern Kendo itself. Thus, grading requirements aside, diligent practice of the Kata is essential to learning correct Kendo form, technique, and meaning. 

Benefits & Purpose of Practicing Kata

1. Refine your composure & mannerisms
2. Develop proper posture
3. Become aware of the thoughts & the actions of the others
4. Become agile
5. Lose undesirable technical habits
6. Understand proper Maai (distance)
7. Develop sprits & energy
8. Comprehend the principles of Katana
9. Cultivate grace, refined character and dignity

Below are the contents of the above video

0:00-0:50 Introduction
0:50-11:50 Demonstration (all ten forms)
11:50-17:10 Tachiai Etiquette (Reiho)
17:10-20:05 Ippon-me (#1)
20:05-22:00 Nihon-me (#2)
22:00-24:40 Sanbon-me (#3)
24:40-28:20 Yonhon-me (#4)
28:20-30:05 Gohon-me (#5)
30:05-32:30 Ropppon-me (#6)
32:30-35:15 Nanahon-me (#7)
35:15-37:15 Transition from Tachi-No-Kata to Kodachi-No-Kata
37:15-39:10 Kodachi Ippon-me (Kodachi #1)
39:10-41:00 Kodachi Nihon-me (Kodachi #2)
41:00-43:40 Kodachi Sanhon-me (Kodachi #3)
43:40-End Demonstration using Habiki (Katana without sharpened blade)