Itsutsu no tachi, TSKSR

By Yossi Sheriff

Itsutsu no tachi, 五津之太刀, איטסוטסו, is a sword kata for two training partners from the Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū. This kata, even if intended for sharp Japanese katana, is always practiced with wooden swords, bokken, that has approximately same weight and balance. In Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū a tsuba or a hand guard is not used on the wooden practice swords.

Video of Itsutsu no tachi

Description of Itsutsu no tachi

  • Uke stands in In no kamae.
  • Tori strikes twice with a Cut to the head and advances to stab.
  • Uke deflects to his left (simulating a neck cut), pushed tori's sword down and hits from above and then to left Uke's waist after that returns to Jodan position.
  • Tori deflects and after the return to Jodan position cuts to the inside arm of uke and waits in Hidari Gedan
  • Uke strikes uke's bokken from the side (simulating a neck cut).
  • Uke strikes to the head, tori evades and then cuts and sits Suwari no Tori.
  • Uke cuts to the head
  • Tori blocks, gets up from knee stance and cuts to the inside thigh and then to right uke's temple.
  • Uke waits in In no tachi and then cuts to the neck
  • Tori cuts the inside uke's right wrist.

Basic techniques used

This kata uses the following techniques:

  1. In no kamae
  2. Jodan position
  3. Hidari Gedan
  4. Suwari no Tori

All the Katori - TSKSR techniques
Itsutsu, 1st bokken kata
Nanatsu, 2nd bokken kata
Kasumi, 3rd bokken kata
Hakka, fourth bokken kata
Mitsu, 1st bokken kata, 2nd level
Yotsu, 2nd bokken kata, 2nd level
In, 3rd bokken kata, 2nd level
Sha, 4th bokken kata, 2nd level
Hotsu, fifth bokken kata, 2nd level
Two swords kata
Eigetsu no tachi, first two swords kata
Suigetsu no tachi, second two swords kata
Isonami no tachi, third two swords kata
Murakumo no tachi, fourth two swords kata
Short sword kata
Hangetsu no kodachi, first short sword kata
Seigan no kodachi, second short sword kata
Seigan no kodachi, third short sword kata
Sword drawing - Iai
Kusa nagi no ken
Nuki tsuke no ken
Nuki uchi no ken
Happo ken
Sword drawing, standing position
Yuki ai gyaku nuki no tachi
Zengo Chidori no tachi
Yuki ai Migi Chidori no tachi
Gyakku nuki no tachi
Nuki uchi no tachi
Bo - Long staff kata
Seri ai no bo
Sune hishigi no bo
Sayu no bo
Kaza hazushi no bo
Hana tsurube no bo
Tate nami no bo
Naginata - Curved spear kata
Itsutsu no naginata
Nanatsu no naginata
Kasumi no naginata
Hakka no naginata