Kendo Katas

List of Kendo Katas – Videos & Instructions

This section focuses on the basic Kendo katas 1 through 10. These pages will help you to master the katas for your next test. Katas are used in Kendo in order to help students practice certain moves (i.e. strikes) as well as for improving a student’s physical conditioning, muscle memory, focus/concentration, balance, etc.

In kata competitions, students are judged on a variety of factors such as accuracy of the kata (i.e. Did they miss a step?), the power of their movements, timing/correct speed of their movements, balance, concentration, etc.

Kendo Katas

Kendo Long Sword Katas (Tachi Katas)

  1. Kendo Kata 1 (Ippon-me)
  2. Kendo Kata 2 (Nihon-me)
  3. Kendo Kata 3 (Sanbon-me)
  4. Kendo Kata 4 (Yonhon-me)
  5. Kendo Kata 5 (Gohon-me)
  6. Kendo Kata 6 (Roppon-me)
  7. Kendo Kata 7 (Nanahon-me)

Kendo Short Sword Katas (Kodachi Katas)

  1. Kendo Kata 8 (Kodachi No Ippon-me)
  2. Kendo Kata 9 (Kodachi No Nihon-me)
  3. Kendo Kata 10 (Kodachi No Sanbon-me)

Kendo Kata

References

  1. Cleveland Kendo Association, Nihon Kendo Kata, http://www.clevelandkendo.com/kata.htm, Added – 01/09/14
  2. Written kata instruction (1-4) courtesy of Norwalk Kendo Dojo, http://www.eanet.com/norwalk/, Added – 01/29/14
  3. All Japan Kendo Federation, http://www.kendo-fik.org/english-page/english-top-page.html, Added – 01/29/14

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