Swordwork

Kesa giri - diagonal downward cut
Katate kesagiri - one-handed diagonal cut
Morote kesagiri - two-handed diagonal cut
Kirioroshi - downward cutting motion straight down
Nukitsuke - drawing the sword from its scabbard
Furi kaburi - raising the sword above the head
Sune gakori - block to protect the leg (shin)
Tsuki - thrust
Yoko ichi monji - horizontal cut

How to grip the tsuka


Grip the right hand just below fuchigani
The tip of the little finger of the left hand grips the diamond shaped part where the arrow is pointing

One should make sure that, for both hands, the tsuka is gripped by the shaded parts. Pay attention to the circled parts, as they are especially important.

It is fundamental to push here: the joint where the thumb's bone and the index finger's bone meet

How to hold the sageo


Each third part of the sageo should be an equal length


Sageo should be placed above into the hakama cords in a position just below where saya is inserted into the hakama. The end of the sageo should stick out by about 3-4 cm.

Waza Forms

SEIZA NO BU

Mae - In front
Migi - Right
Hidari - Left
Ushiro - Behind
Yaegaki - Eightfold fences
Ukenagashi - Deflection
Kaishaku - Seppuku assistant
Tsukekomi - Pursuit
Tsukikage - Moon shadow
Oikaze - Following wind
Nukiuchi - Quick draw

BATTO-HO

Junto sono ichi - Ordered sword #1
Junto sono ni - Ordered sword #2
Tsuigekito - Pursuing sword
Shato - Angular sword
Shihoto sono ichi - 4 directions #1
Shihoto sono ni - 4 directions #2
Zantotsuto - Beheading stroke

TATE HIZA NO BU

Yokogumo - Cloudbank
Toraissoku - Tiger's step
Inazuma - Lighting
Ukigumo - Floating clouds
Oroshi - Mountain winds
Iwanami - Breaking waves
Urokogaeshi - Fish scaling
Namigaeshi - Returning waves
Takiotoshi - Waterfall
Makko - Facing front

OKU NO KATA

Zenteki gyakuto
Tatekito
Koteki gyakuto
Koteki nukiuchi

OKUIAI IWAZA NO BU

Kasumi - Mist
Sunegakoi - Encircled leg
Tozume - Blocked at the door
Towaki - Beneath the doorway
Shihogiri - Four directional cut
Tanashita - Beneath the ledge
Ryozume - Blocked on both sides
Torabashiri - Charging the tiger

ZEN NIPPON IAIDO TOHO
(Zen Nippon Iaidô Renmei)

Maegiri (Eishin ryû)
Zengogiri (Mugai ryû)
Kiriage (Shindô Munen ryû)
Shihôgiri (Sui-ô ryû)
Kissakigaeshi (Hôki ryû)