Seitei gata - Shihō-giri 四方切り
Background of Shiho giri, tenth sword drawing kata
Description of Shiho giri, tenth sword drawing kata
In the tenth kata the swordsman is surrounded by four approaching opponents.
- The swordsman walks forward - on the third step – he uses the flat part of sword's hilt (tsuka) to strike the wrist of the front right opponent that and then delivers a thrust with the tsuka (Tsuki) to that same opponent.
- The swordsman draws the sword to the height of his breast and stabs the rear left opponent in the solar-plexus (suigetsu) with a sliding step.
- The swordsman turns back to his front right opponent and finishes with a downward cut with the left foot advancing.
- The swordsman steps toward his rear right opponent and cuts him down with another sliding step, keeping the right leg in front.
- The swordsman turns with a waki Kamae to his front left opponent, goes through jodan no kamae, and finishes him with a downward cut.
- The swordsman steps back with his right foot to jodan no kamae and remains there, practicing Zanshin.
- The swordsman steps back with his left foot, simultaneously shaking the blood of the blade (chiburi).
- The swordsman sheaths his sword (noto).