Iaijutsu Syllabus

Provided here is a list of all Techniques (called Waza in class). All listed techniques are taught and can be performed from a standing position (Tachi), seated position (Seiza), or a regal sitting position (Tatehiza). Variations including empty hand, paired practice (Tachiuchi), all together (Hiyanuki), practical application (Bunkai), and counter attacks (Kaeshi)

In addition to these Waza we also practice Tameshigiri, Japanese test cutting. Live blades (sharp) are used to cut rolled straw mats.

Kihon

These are the foundations from which all other techniques begin. Learning these is essential, mastering them is nearly impossible.

Basic Techniques

Ashi Sabaki : Footwork
Kamae : Postures
--Chudan : Middle
--Geidan : Low
--Joudan : Raised
--Waki : Side
--Hasou : Perceptive
Giri : Cutting Techniques
--Tsuki : Thrust
--Kiriage : Up Angle
--Makkou : Straight Down
--Suihei : Horizontal
--Kesa : Down Angle
Nukitsuke : Drawing the Sword
Noto : Sheathing the Sword

Nanahonme no Kata

When Oe Sensei reformed the style there were many two person kata, but most of the techniques were the same basic ones repeated. By removing repetitions Oe Sensei compiled these two person sets from the originals.

The Seven Forms

Deai : First Meeting
Kobushi Dori : Take Advantage or Grabbing the Fist
Zetsumyoken : Unbeatable Sword
Dokumyoken : Miraculous Sword
Tsubadome : Sword Guards Locked Together
Ukenagashi : Flowing Parry
Mappo : Finish Cut

Okuden Tachiwaza no Bu

This standing or walking set is from the earliest techniques created by Hayashizaki Jinsuke in the late sixteenth century. Originally conceived for tachi (the slung Japanese cavalry long sword) these were later adapted for katana worn through the obi by Hasagawa Eishin.

Secret Transmission: Standing Set

Yukizure : Escorted
Tsuredachi : Companions
Somakuri : All Around
Sodome : Everything Stops
Shinobu : Stealthy
Yukichigai : Passing By
Sode Surigaeshi : Brushing Sleves
Moniri : Entering the Gate
Kabezoe : Against Walls
Ukenagashi : Flowing Parry

Okuden Ittomagoi

These three techniques (really three variations on the same technique) are often considered to be part of the Okuden Tachiwaza set.

Secret Transmission: Farewell Visit

Ittomagoi Ichi : Farewell Visit One
Ittomagoi Ni : Farewell Visit Two
Ittomagoi San : Farewell Visit Three

Bangai no Bu

Bangai means 'not numbered' or 'out of sequence'. Note that each of these forms represents two or more of the techniques from the main sets. Sensei usually likes to perform this set in hayanuki.
--
The Komei Jyuku set is unique to the school.

Compilation Sets

--Eishin Ryu
Hayanami : Fast Wave
Raiden : Thunder and Lightning
Jinrai : Thunderclap

--Komei Jyuku
Mae : Front (seiza)
Aranami : Stormy Seas (tatehiza)
Kesa Guruma : Priest's Robe [cut] Wheel
Tachi Guruma : Standing Wheel
Tatsumaki : Cyclone

Toho Seitei

This set was created by the All Japan Iaido Federation as representative of various iai styles, as a sort of common ground between styles.

Sword Methods

Mae : Front
Zengo Giri : Front and Rear Cuts
Kiriage : Rising Cut
Shihogiri : Four Direction Cuts
Kisaki Gaeshi : Flip the Sword's Tip

Shoden Seiza no Bu

This set was created by Omori Rokuzaemon in the early eighteenth century, and studied by practitioners of the ryu until it was formally included in the style by Oe Sensei. As the name suggests, the forms all begin in seiza.

First Transmission: Formal Sitting Set

Mae : Front
Migi : Right
Hidari : Left
Ushiro : From Behind
Yaegaki : Barriers Within Barriers
Ukenagashi : Flowing Parry
Kaishaku : The Helper at Seppuku
Tsukekomi : Persuit
Tsukikage : Shadow of the Moon
Oikazei : Chasing the Wind
Nukiuchi : Draw and Strike

Chuden Tatehiza no Bu

Created by Hasegawa Eishin in the early eighteenth century these forms are performed from a kneeling position with one knee raised. This set includes some of the most difficult techniques.

Middle Transmission: Standing Knee Set

Yokogumo : Cloud Side
Torai No Issoku : The Tiger's Step
Inazuma : Lightning
Ukigumo : Floating Cloud
Yama Oroshi : Mountain Storm
Iwanami : Waves on the Rocks
Urokogaeshi : Flashing [fish] Scale
Namigaeshi : Wave Turns Over
Takiotoshi : Waterfall
Makko : Finish Cut

Okuden Suwariwaza no Bu

This set is the companion set to the Okuden Tachiwaza set, and is performed from tatehiza.

Secret Transmission: Seated Techniques Set

Kasumi : Haze
Sunegakoi : Shin Protection
Shihogiri : Four Direction Cuts
Tozume : Boxed In by the Door
Towaki : Beside the Door
Tanashita : Under the Shelf
Ryozume : Boxed In on Both Sides
Torabashiri : Running Tiger

Tsumei Iai

'Tsume' is 'to squeeze in' When asked about this name Sensei pointed out that the sequence is much about distance, and that the distance is often too close for comfort. Often these were performed only by very experienced practitioners using live blades.

Squeezed-In Sword Drawing

Hasso : Early Beginning
Kobushidori : Grabbing the Fist
Iwanami : Wave Turns Over or Waves on the Rocks
Yaegaki : Multiple Barriers
Urokugaeshi (Urokogatta) : Flashing [fish] Scale
Kuraiyurumi : Loosening the Ranks
Tsubame Gaeshi : Swallow Flip
Ganseki Otoshi : Dropping a Rock
Suigetsuto : Solar Plexus Sword
Kazumiken : Haze Sword
Uchikomi : Clashing Together

Kihon

These are the foundations from which all other techniques begin. Learning these is essential, mastering them is nearly impossible.

Basic Techniques

Ashi Sabaki : Footwork
Kamae : Postures
--Chudan : Middle
--Geidan : Low
--Joudan : Raised
--Waki : Side
--Hasou : Perceptive
Giri : Cutting Techniques
--Tsuki : Thrust
--Kiriage : Up Angle
--Makkou : Straight Down
--Suihei : Horizontal
--Kesa : Down Angle
Nukitsuke : Drawing the Sword
Noto : Sheathing the Sword

Toho Seitei

This set was created by the All Japan Iaido Federation as representative of various iai styles, as a sort of common ground between styles.

Sword Methods

Mae : Front
Zengo Giri : Front and Rear Cuts
Kiriage : Rising Cut
Shihogiri : Four Direction Cuts
Kisaki Gaeshi : Flip the Sword's Tip

Shoden Seiza no Bu

This set was created by Omori Rokuzaemon in the early eighteenth century, and studied by practitioners of the ryu until it was formally included in the style by Oe Sensei. As the name suggests, the forms all begin in seiza.

First Transmission: Formal Sitting Set

Mae : Front
Migi : Right
Hidari : Left
Ushiro : From Behind
Yaegaki : Barriers Within Barriers
Ukenagashi : Flowing Parry
Kaishaku : The Helper at Seppuku
Tsukekomi : Persuit
Tsukikage : Shadow of the Moon
Oikazei : Chasing the Wind
Nukiuchi : Draw and Strike

Nanahonme no Kata

When Oe Sensei reformed the style there were many two person kata, but most of the techniques were the same basic ones repeated. By removing repetitions Oe Sensei compiled these two person sets from the originals.

The Seven Forms

Deai : First Meeting
Kobushi Dori : Take Advantage or Grabbing the Fist
Zetsumyoken : Unbeatable Sword
Dokumyoken : Miraculous Sword
Tsubadome : Sword Guards Locked Together
Ukenagashi : Flowing Parry
Mappo : Finish Cut

Chuden Tatehiza no Bu

Created by Hasegawa Eishin in the early eighteenth century these forms are performed from a kneeling position with one knee raised. This set includes some of the most difficult techniques.

Middle Transmission: Standing Knee Set

Yokogumo : Cloud Side
Torai No Issoku : The Tiger's Step
Inazuma : Lightning
Ukigumo : Floating Cloud
Yama Oroshi : Mountain Storm
Iwanami : Waves on the Rocks
Urokogaeshi : Flashing [fish] Scale
Namigaeshi : Wave Turns Over
Takiotoshi : Waterfall
Makko : Finish Cut

Tsumei Iai

'Tsume' is 'to squeeze in' When asked about this name Sensei pointed out that the sequence is much about distance, and that the distance is often too close for comfort. Often these were performed only by very experienced practitioners using live blades.

Squeezed-In Sword Drawing

Hasso : Early Beginning
Kobushidori : Grabbing the Fist
Iwanami : Wave Turns Over or Waves on the Rocks
Yaegaki : Multiple Barriers
Urokugaeshi (Urokogatta) : Flashing [fish] Scale
Kuraiyurumi : Loosening the Ranks
Tsubame Gaeshi : Swallow Flip
Ganseki Otoshi : Dropping a Rock
Suigetsuto : Solar Plexus Sword
Kazumiken : Haze Sword
Uchikomi : Clashing Together

Okuden Tachiwaza no Bu

This standing or walking set is from the earliest techniques created by Hayashizaki Jinsuke in the late sixteenth century. Originally conceived for tachi (the slung Japanese cavalry long sword) these were later adapted for katana worn through the obi by Hasagawa Eishin.

Secret Transmission: Standing Set

Yukizure : Escorted
Tsuredachi : Companions
Somakuri : All Around
Sodome : Everything Stops
Shinobu : Stealthy
Yukichigai : Passing By
Sode Surigaeshi : Brushing Sleves
Moniri : Entering the Gate
Kabezoe : Against Walls
Ukenagashi : Flowing Parry

Okuden Suwariwaza no Bu

This set is the companion set to the Okuden Tachiwaza set, and is performed from tatehiza.

Secret Transmission: Seated Techniques Set

Kasumi : Haze
Sunegakoi : Shin Protection
Shihogiri : Four Direction Cuts
Tozume : Boxed In by the Door
Towaki : Beside the Door
Tanashita : Under the Shelf
Ryozume : Boxed In on Both Sides
Torabashiri : Running Tiger

Okuden Ittomagoi

These three techniques (really three variations on the same technique) are often considered to be part of the Okuden Tachiwaza set.

Secret Transmission: Farewell Visit

Ittomagoi Ichi : Farewell Visit One
Ittomagoi Ni : Farewell Visit Two
Ittomagoi San : Farewell Visit Three

Bangai no Bu

Bangai means 'not numbered' or 'out of sequence'. Note that each of these forms represents two or more of the techniques from the main sets. Sensei usually likes to perform this set in hayanuki.
--
The Komei Jyuku set is unique to the school.

Compilation Sets

--Eishin Ryu
Hayanami : Fast Wave
Raiden : Thunder and Lightning
Jinrai : Thunderclap

--Komei Jyuku
Mae : Front (seiza)
Aranami : Stormy Seas (tatehiza)
Kesa Guruma : Priest's Robe [cut] Wheel
Tachi Guruma : Standing Wheel
Tatsumaki : Cyclone