Iaido waza


I put together a list of all the Iai waza that I know of, and stole some info off Wikipedia to flesh it out.

To level the playing field, most everyone learns Seitei Iai waza as set out by the ZNKR, governed by the Canadian Kendo Federation here. These sets ensure that people from different schools are taught something that can be more fairly judged. Each different school of Iaido has different waza. I don't know that any other than Muso Shinden Ryu (the form I study) and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu are taught in North America. I know of at least four or five other styles.

You'll notice that between MSR and MJER there is some name similarity - some of those waza are the same as the ones in the other school, some have the same intent but are done slightly differently, some are different waza but given the same/similar names. Junto and Kaishaku, for example, have the same purpose/intent, but are done differently (from what I've seen). I picked this one because it has some other considerations attached, which I think I've explained before: this waza emulates the actions performed by the second (kaishakunen) for a samurai who is committing seppuku (ritual suicide). Some don't consider it a waza at all, but more a form of etiquette. In my school, and in Jikiden schools also that I know of, this is never performed in front of outsiders, would never be used as a demo, and would never be used as part of grading, out of respect for its original purpose and those involved. You can find videos of both Junto and Kaishaku on YouTube. And if you choose to watch them, I'll explain the actions.

Anyhow, there are 12 Seitei waza (the ones with a star are the ones I used for my ikkyu grading last year):

Mae
Ushiro
Ukenegashi
Tsuka-ate
Kesagiri
Morote-zuki *
Sanpogiri
Ganmen-ate *
Soete-zuki *
Shihogiri *
Sogiri
Nukiuchi *

Then there's the koryu waza for my school:

MUSO SHINDEN RYU

SHODEN

Shohatto
Sato
Uto
Atarito
In'yo Shintai
Ryuto
Junto
Gyakuto
Seichuto
Koranto
In'yo Shintai Kaewaza
Batto

CHUDEN

Yokogumo
Toraissoku
Inazuma
Ukigumo
Yamaoroshi
Iwanami
Urokogaeshi
Namigaeshi
Takiotoshi
Nukiuchi

OKUDEN - SUWARI-WAZA

Kasumi
Sunegakoi
Shihogiri
Tozume
Towaki
Tanashita
Ryozume
Torabashiiri
Itomagoi

OKUDEN - TACHI-WAZA

Yukitsure
Rentatsu
Somakuri
Sodome
Shinobu
Yukichigai
Sodesurigaeshi
Moniri
Kabezoi
Ukenagashi
*Oikakegiri
Youshihikitsure

And if I really wanted to torture myself, I could join the other team and learn all the Jikiden waza as well.

MUSO JIKIDEN EISHEN RYU koryu waza

SEIZA NO BU

Mae
Migi
Hidari
Ushiro
Yaegaki
Ukenagashi
Kaishaku
Tsukekomi
Tsukikage
Oikaze
Nukiuchi

TATEHIZA NO BU (CHUDEN)

Yokogumo
Toraissoku
Inazuma
Ukigumo
Oroshi
Iwanami
Urokogaeshi
Namigaeshi
Takiotoshi
Makko

OKUIAI IWAZA NO BU (OKUDEN)

Kasumi
Sunegakoi
Tozume
Towaki
Shihogiri
Tanashita
Ryozume
Torabashiri

OKUIAI TACHIWAZA NO BU (OKUDEN)

Yukizure
Tsuredachi
So Makuri
So Dome
Shinobu
Yukichigai
Sode Surigaeshi
Mon'iri
Kabezoe
Ukenagashi
Itomagoi Sono Ichi
Itomagoi Sono Ni
Itomagoi Sono San

BANGAI NO BU (OKUDEN)

Hayanami
Raiden
Jinrai

KOMEI-JUKU (YAMAUCHI-HA)

Mae
Aranami
Kesaguruma
Takiguruma
Tatsumaki



2017 06 02 - 12:59

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