Iaido koryu kata

The 'koryu' (old school) kata are only practised after students are thouroughly familiar with the 12 basic seitei kata.

The much more 'martial' (and no-doubt more 'practical') koryu forms come from the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu school of iaijutsu, which claims an unbroken lineage to it's founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu, who developed the art of simultaneously drawing and attacking with the katana in the 16th century.

Omori Ryu (Shoden level)

The first entry-level of the three koryu levels.

Omori Ryu - named after Omori Rokurozaemon Masamitsu, who developed this series of forms.
Shoden - 'entry-transmission'

1. Mae ('Front')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from front.

2. Migi ('Right')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from right.

3. Hidari ('Left')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from left.

4. Ushiro ('Rear')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from rear.

5. Yae Gaki ('Barriers within barriers')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from front, who attempts a final attack during noto.

6. Uke Nagashi ('Flowing block')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from left.

7. Kaishaku ('Suicide assistant')
Kneeling start. Performed with quiet reverence and utmost respect.

8. Tsuki Komi ('Seized Opportunity')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from front.

9. Tsuki Kage ('Moon shadow')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from right.

10. Oikaze ('Chase the wind')
Standing start. x1 opponent from front.

10a. Yae Gaki-kae Waza

11. Nukiuchi ('Sudden attack')
Kneeling start. x1 attacker from front.

Eishin Ryu (Chuden level)

The second mid-level koryu forms, all started from the tatehiza (crouching) position.

Okuiai (Okuden level)

The third deep-level series of koryu forms:

Tachiwaza (11 forms)
Suwariwaza (8 forms)
Tachi Uchi no Kurai (10 forms)
Tsumiai no Kurai (10 forms).


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