Wendy Whited Sensei

Aiki-Iai

Aiki-Iai kata #1 (Sat)

  1. From neutral stance, step left and complete the draw.
  2. Stepping right, block with sword tip at sternum level, arm parallel to the floor.
  3. Bring sword to center line and grip with both hands.
  4. Step left/right, raise bokken and cut ​chudan​ (mid level ​shomen​ cut). Left hand remainslower than right hand so sword tip is slightly elevated.
  5. Snap sword hilt from left hand, which returns to saya. Sweep and rotate right hand(similar to flicking something off fingertips) This is called ​chiburi​. Sword tip should point straight down, approximately aligned with front of left foot but three or four inches to right of right foot. Left hand returns to left hip.
  6. Circle tip of sword forward and around body right to left, “hugging” yourself until tip of sword points directly backwards. Sword blade should face upwards. Spine of sword rests lightly on left elbow.
  7. Draw sword forward through elbow crook and “v” between left thumb and forefinger until tip can enter (real or imaginary) saya. Slide sword into saya, bringing left foot back to neutral stance. This putting away the sword is called ​noto.​
  8. Adjust sword and saya in belt, stand upright.

Aiki-Iai kata #5 (Sat)

  1. From neutral stance, step left and complete the draw.
  2. Begin to step right and block, but respond to attack by sliding backwards left then rightwhile bringing sword to horizontal block over head, tip pointing to left, right hand rotatingblade so sharp edge is to the rear.
  3. Bring right hand forward to join left hand on center line, stepping forward left.
  4. Step right and cut full ​shomen​ to ground.
  5. Slide left foot left, slide right foot left so you remain in right hanmi. As feet move, tip ofsword moves to point left at mid-height, then wrists snap to move tip in semi-circle (from 9 to 3 on a clock face) parallel to torso. Sword tip should point right, sword parallel to ground. Knees are slightly bent as though you’re starting to sit down, providing extension to hold imaginary attacker’s sword from withdrawing.
  6. Let up on attacker’s sword and use his biomechanical upward response to step left and cut left yokomen.
  7. Bend elbows to circle sword on right side of body and perpendicular to torso, so tip points forward, upward, behind. Step right, right hand swings sword to full extension forward at waist height with edge down, much like throwing a ball underhand. This is called ​chiburi​.
  8. Flip the tip of the sword to point directly backwards. Sword blade should face upwards. Spine of sword rests lightly on left elbow.
  9. Draw sword forward through elbow crook and “v” between left thumb and forefinger until tip can enter (real or imaginary) saya. Slide sword into saya, bringing right foot back to neutral stance. This putting away the sword is called ​noto.​
  10. Adjust sword and saya in belt, stand upright.

Aiki-Iai kata #2 (Sun)

  1. From neutral stance facing to rear, step backwards with right foot and rotate body to front while drawing sword.
  2. Once facing forward, block with sword tip at sternum level, arm parallel to the floor.
  3. Bring sword to left hand on center line.
  4. Step left, raising sword and right, cutting full shomen to the ground.
  5. Snap sword hilt from left hand, which returns to saya. Circle sword tip forward, upward,and to the right until right arm is fully extended to the right side at shoulder height, withsword tip pointing to the rear and sword blade facing to the right.
  6. Bring left foot to right foot, keeping knees slightly bent as though starting to sit down.Bend right elbow until fist holding sword nearly touches head between ear and crown.
  7. Sweep and rotate right hand (almost like saluting) while stepping back with right foot.This is called ​chiburi​. Sword tip should point straight down, approximately aligned withfront of left foot but three or four inches to right of right foot.
  8. Circle tip of sword forward and around body right to left, “hugging” yourself until tip ofsword points directly backwards. Sword blade should face upwards. Spine of sword restslightly on left elbow.
  9. Draw sword forward through elbow crook and “v” between left thumb and forefinger untiltip can enter (real or imaginary) saya. Slide sword into saya, bringing right foot back toneutral stance. This putting away the sword is called ​noto.​
  10. Adjust sword and saya in belt, stand upright.

Aiki-Iai kata #8 (Sun)

  1. From neutral stance, step left and complete the draw.
  2. Stepping right, block with sword tip at sternum level, arm parallel to the floor.
  3. Bring sword to left hand on center line.
  4. Step left/right, raise bokken and cut chudan (mid level shomen cut). Left hand remainslower than right hand so sword tip is slightly elevated.
  5. Step back right, raising sword to jodan.
  6. Step forward right, cutting a very slow and contemplative shomen, “wringing” handsagainst each other to produce tension in the arms.
  7. Near the bottom of the shomen, perform a basic ​chiburi​, as though your blade has beenturned aside by striking a rock or other object.
  8. Circle tip of sword forward and around body right to left, “hugging” yourself until tip ofsword points directly backwards. Sword blade should face upwards. Spine of sword restslightly on left elbow.
  9. Draw sword forward through elbow crook and “v” between left thumb and forefinger untiltip can enter (real or imaginary) saya. Slide sword into saya, bringing right foot back toneutral stance. This putting away the sword is called ​noto.​
  10. Adjust sword and saya in belt, stand upright.