Technical Definitions

Definitions – Technical

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The Koryu-dai-Ichi is the basis for all the following Koryu-no-Kata and should be demonstrated with particular precision. Whilst demonstrating a range of classical traditional techniques emphasis should be made of large flowing circular movements.


The only Koryu-no-Kata, which does not include techniques whilst kneeling. This Koryu no Kata focuses on traditional classical techniques whilst emphasizing tight circular actions and close quarter control.


Since it is the first Kata in the syllabus to include the use of knife (Tanto), wooden sword (Bokken) and stick (Jo/Yari), basic mastery of these weapons – both in use and at rest – should be accomplished well before candidates attempt to grade using them.

Although we use a stick, or Jo, in our practice, the techniques are based upon those of the spear (Yari) and is the only Koryu-no-Kata to include sword-to-sword techniques.

This is a ‘fighting’ or ‘self defence’ kata and should be demonstrated in an

effective and dynamic manner in keeping with ancient fighting methods.


Based upon the Shichi-hon-no-Kuzushi and Ura-waza, in the first section, Tori should demonstrate large sweeping movements, clearly maintaining centre, and Uke must be very light on the feet. An emphasis should be made on Tori maintaining centralization whilst applying flowing dynamic kuzushi (balance breaking) Precision should not be sacrificed for speed.


Many of the techniques are similar to some which are be found in the Koryu-dai-Ichi, Koryu-dai-Ni and Koryu-dai-Yon.

However, successful demonstration of the Koryu-dai-Go will highlight small technical differences. Changes in the sequence gives the candidate the opportunity to show greater knowledge and understanding in being able to mix technical competence and speed.

By this stage, candidates should be well versed in most of the techniques and so will be able to demonstrate them at greater speed and more powerfully.


Recognised to be the most complicated and difficult Koryu-no-Kata. This is the only other Kata, which includes weapons.

It is the only Koryu-no-Kata to include techniques where Tori (or Toshu) are armed with the knife (Tanto).

Candidates should show slow, smooth and flowing kneeling techniques.

(Section A – Suwari-waza)

The speed of the standing techniques should steadily increase and end in a crescendo.

The whole Kata should be demonstrated with soft, flowing, gracefully movements.


Illustrates the principles of Randori-no-Kata can be applied to various attacks. Techniques should be performed in a purposeful and dynamic manner. Emphasis should be given to the basic principles, posture, avoidance, distance kuzushi and power.

Free Practice: Free practice is divided into four distinct categories

Kakarigeiko is the first level of randori training and emphasizes the principle of go-no-sen. This is performed without resistance by Uke who performs a meaningful attack but then allows Tori to execute technique.

Hikitategeiko is the second level of randori training and utilizes both combinations and counters during an interchange of techniques. Amounts of resistance between Tori and Uke can be variable.


Randori either Tanto Randori and/or Toshu Randori may be requested by examiners. As the grade level increases, candidates will be expected to show a greater range of combination and counter techniques practiced with increasing levels of resistance.

Shiai or full competitive/contest randori is not performed as part of the grading syllabus.

Combinations and counters

The candidate should be able to explain as well as demonstrate the basic principles behind the techniques/movements chosen


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