Emily’s Starter Kata guide: Mokuju tai to

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Disclaimer: these kata descriptions are the authors own interpretations of the patterns are based on the AJJF videos and the written descriptions from Kendo World articles. Some of the terminology may not be 100% accurate but is intended more to help in visualise positioning based on basic strike knowledge. Any errors lie with the author and not with Jukendo.World.

 

The six mokuju vs sword kata can, as the other kata have, be defined as two sets; the jukendo-ka ‘wins’ the first three kata while sword ‘wins’ the second three. As with the other mixed weapon kata, because they change who initiates the move, mokuju is Shi and sword is Uchi for kata 1-3 and reverses for kata 4-6 (sword is Shi, mokuju Uchi). Therefore, in order to reduce confusion this guide will refer to Jukendo-ka and Kenshi rather than shikata and uchikata.

It may be worth noting with kata 3 and 6 that the initial pattern is the same, but once it reaches the makiotoshi point the ‘winner’ changes – in 3, the Jukendo-ka successfully performs the technique and follows up with the final strike while in 6, the Kenshi evades during the technique and makes the final strike.

In these kata, the starting position is always chudan-no-kamae and the participants will begin 9 steps away from each other.

 

Number 1: Ipponme: Chokutotsu – sensen no sen

Both move into gedan-no-kamae. 3 steps in to reach ma-ai, Jukendo-ka initiates with a strike to dou while shifting slightly to the left in order to avoid stepping directly into the sword. Jukendo-ka pulls mokuju strongly back into position as they take a large step back. Jukendo-ka makes small step forward (zanshin). Kenshi then returns back to chudan-no-kamae.

Both move together into gedan-no-kamae. Retreat 5 steps. Both raise weapons together back into chudan-no-kamae.

 

TLDR version: Both = Gedan. 3 steps in. Jukendo-ka = shift left, Dou. Jukendo-ka = Draw Back. Jukendo-ka = Zanshin. Chudan. Gedan. 5 steps back. Chudan.

 

 

Number 2: Nihonme: Chokutotsu – sen

Both move into gedan-no-kamae. 3 steps in to reach ma-ai, Kenshi initiates by moving into Jodan as if to strike men but  Jukendo-ka interrupts by shifting slightly left as they strike dou. Jukendo-ka pulls mokuju strongly back into position as they take a large step back. Jukendo-ka makes small step forward (zanshin). Kenshi then returns back to chudan-no-kamae.

Both move together into gedan-no-kamae. Retreat 5 steps. Both raise weapons together back into chudan-no-kamae.

 

TLDR version: Both = Gedan. 3 steps in. Kenshi = Jodan / Jukendo-ka = shift left, Dou. Jukendo-ka = Draw Back. Jukendo-ka = Zanshin. Chudan. Gedan. 5 steps back. Chudan.

 

Number 3: Sanbonme: Makiotoshi tsuki – go no sen

Kenshi moves into hidari-jodan-no-kamae (jodan but with left arm more prominent), Jukendo-ka shifts mokuju to point at Kenshi’s now exposed wrist. 3 steps in to reach ma-ai, Kenshi initiates by moving slightly right to avoid the mokuju and striking at men. Jukendo-ka blocks strike by stepping a little backwards as they extend mokuju forward and up to catch the sword with left edge of the ‘barrel’ and then performs makiotoshi to left by quickly rotating right hand up, left hand down which forces the sword down and to the left. Jukendo-ka then strikes dou. Jukendo-ka pulls mokuju strongly back into position as they take a large step back. Jukendo-ka makes small step forward (zanshin). Kenshi then returns back to chudan-no-kamae.

Both move together into gedan-no-kamae. Retreat 5 steps. Both raise weapons together back into chudan-no-kamae.

 

TLDR version: Kenshi = Hidari jodan / Jukendo-ka = exposed wrist. 3 steps in. Kenshi = shift right, men. Jukendo-ka = shift back, block, makiotoshi, Dou. Jukendo-ka = Draw Back. Jukendo-ka = Zanshin. Chudan. Gedan. 5 steps back. Chudan.

 

Number 4: Yohonme: Men no uchi – sensen no sen

Both move into gedan-no-kamae. 3 steps in to reach ma-ai, Kenshi initiates with a strike to men while shifting slightly to the right in order to avoid stepping directly into the mokuju. Kenshi draws kissaki down to Jukendo-ka’s throat and makes a small step forward (zanshin), Jukendo-ka steps back at same time. Kenshi steps backward and both move back into chudan-no-kamae.

Both move together into gedan-no-kamae. Retreat 5 steps. Both raise weapons together back into chudan-no-kamae.

 

TLDR version: Both = Gedan. 3 steps in. Kenshi = shift right, Men. Kenshi = Zanshin / Jukendo-ka = step back. Chudan. Gedan. 5 steps back. Chudan.

 

Number 5: Gohonme: Hidari do no suriage uchi – go no sen

Both remain in chudan-no-kamae. 3 steps in to reach ma-ai, Kenshi initiates with a small step in, pushing the mokuju to the right with the sword. Jukendo-ka reacts by taking small diagonal step back and right and then steps in to strike dou. Kenshi avoids attack with a suriage (deflection) to the left while shifting right out of the centreline and then strikes dou. Kenshi draws kissaki up to Jukendo-ka’s throat and makes a small step forward (zanshin), Jukendo-ka steps back at same time. Kenshi steps backward and both move back into chudan-no-kamae.

Both move together into gedan-no-kamae. Retreat 5 steps. Both raise weapons together back into chudan-no-kamae.

 

TLDR version: Both = Chudan. 3 steps in. Kenshi = step in, push right / Jukendo-ka = step back and right, Dou. Kenshi = suriage left, shift right, dou. Kenshi = Zanshin / Jukendo-ka = step back. Chudan. Gedan. 5 steps back. Chudan.

 

Number 6: Ropponme: Makigaeshi men no uchi – go no sen

Kenshi moves into hidari-jodan-no-kamae (jodan but with left arm more prominent), Jukendo-ka shifts mokuju to point at Kenshi’s now exposed wrist. 3 steps in to reach ma-ai, Kenshi initiates with strike to men Jukendo-ka blocks strike by stepping a little backwards as they extend mokuju forward and up to catch the sword with left edge of the ‘barrel’ and then attempts to perform makiotoshi to left by quickly rotating right hand up, left hand down. Kenshi evades makiotoshi by circling sword back up overhead (makigaeshi) as Jukendo-ka commits to the move. Kenshi steps in and strikes men. Kenshi takes small step back while moving into hidari-jodan-no-kamae (zanshin). Jukendo-ka leads pair back into chudan-no-kamae.

Both move together into gedan-no-kamae. Retreat 5 steps. Both raise weapons together back into chudan-no-kamae.

 

TLDR version:Kenshi = Hidari jodan / Jukendo-ka = exposed wrist. 3 steps in. Kenshi = shift right, men. Jukendo-ka = shift back, block. Jukendo-ka = makiotoshi / Kenshi = Makigaeshi, Men. Kenshi = Hidari Jodan, Zanshin / Jukendo-ka = step back. Chudan. Gedan. 5 steps back. Chudan.

 

*This is an ongoing set of guides started by Emily Jackman who helps to manage and create the videos for Jukendo.World. She also runs the Jukendo Melbourne group, the Victorian Naginata Renmei and is the current Vice-President of the Australian Naginata Federation. In addition to atarashii naginata and jukendo, she is also studying Toda Ha Buko Ryu under the guidance of Keeley-sensei.

These guides are also available on the Jukendo Melbourne Facebook page as works in progress.*

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