Itsutsu no tachi, TSKSR
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: