Background of Mae, first sword drawing kata
This Iaido kata is a Japanese sword drawing kata standardized by the Japanese Kendo federation in the late 20th century.
Description of Mae, first sword drawing kata
- The first kata starts with a sitting posture called seiza.
- The swordsman draws the sword with sayabiki (pull back of the scabbard) and cuts with a horizontal strike to the head of his attacker;
- Then, after moving forward, cuts the head or chest from above (kirioroshi) in a straight downward cut.
- After cutting, the swordsman shakes the blood of the blade (o-chiburi, the left hand on the hip). while getting up from a half kneeling position.
- Then the sword is inserted back (noto) into the scabbard (saya) in a controlled and accurate way, The knee touches the floor when the katana is in the saya.
Video of Mae, first sword drawing kata