AIKIDO

Kata

Techniques

The aikido Mr. Lowry teaches contains, just as Mr. Tomiki envisioned, a series of kata as well as the practice of randori (although, unlike common Tomiki-ryu schools, the Kaze Uta Budo Kai approach pursues a non-competitive form of randori). As with judo, randori serves as a method of applying principles learned by long repetition of kata. Within the kata are a wide range of technical applications which include:

Nage Waza Throwing Techniques

Katame Waza Locking Techniques

Atemi Waza Striking Techniques

Kansetsu Waza Joint Techniques

Suwari Waza Kneeling Techniques

Tachi Waza Standing Techniques

Ukemi Waza Falling Techniques

Tanto Waza Defending Against a Knife

Tachi Dori Defending Against a Sword

Jo no Bu / Jo Dori Defending Against a Jo

Jo no Bu / Jo no Tsukai Kata Using a Jo

Tachi no Tachi Sword Against Sword

Those techniques, in turn, are represented in the aikido kata listed on the right (for the techniques within each kata, click on a kata name):

The first three kata above as well as the first five techniques of O Waza Ju Pon make up the requirements for Shodan (1st degree black belt). Below are listed the advanced katas which are studied from Shodan onward (although, due to the somewhat redundant nature of their content, Ichi and Ni Kata are not typically practiced in Kaze Uta Budo Kai schools).

Koryu Dai Ichi The First Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Ni The Second Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai San The Third Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Yon The Fourth Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Go The Fifth Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Roku The Sixth Advanced Kata

Aikido Kata

Tegatana no Kata

1) Shomen Ashi — forward step (feet only)

2) Waki Ashi — side to side step (feet only)

3) Tenkan Ashi — turning step (feet only)

4) Shomen Te Gatame — straight hand blade (same hand/ foot)

5) Uchi Mawashi — inside sweep hand blade  (same hand/ foot)

6) Soto Mawashi — outside sweep hand blade  (same hand/ foot)

7) Uchi Soto Gaeshi — forward block & side push (same hand/ foot)

8) Uchi Mawashi Gaeshi — inside sweep & turn (same hand/ foot)

9) Soto Mawashi Gaeshi — outside sweep & turn (opposite hand/ foot)

10) Ude Goshi Gaeshi — arm & hip turn (opposite hand/ foot)

11) O Mawashi — major circle (opposite hand/ foot)

12) Yoko O Mawashi — side major circle (both hands/ feet)

Hanasu no Kata

1) Hon Soto Hanasu — normal outside release (palm down)

2) Hon Soto Te Osu — normal outside hand push (palm up)

3) Gyaku Soto Hanasu — reverse outside release (palm up)

4) Gyaku Soto Te Osu — revearse outside hand push (palm down)

5) Hon Uchi Hanasu — normal inside release (palm down)

6) Hon Uchi Ude Hineri — normal inside arm twist (palm up)

7) Gyaku Uchi Hanasu — revearse inside release (palm up)

8) Gyaku Uchi Ude Hineri — revearse inside arm twist (palm down)

Ni Ju San Hon Kata

ATEME WAZA — STRIKING TECHNIQUES

1) Shomen Ate — straight frontal head strike

2) Aigamae Ate — regular facing posture strike

3) Gyaku Gamae Ate — revearse posture strike

4) Gedan Ate — low strike

5) Ushiro Ate — behind (from the rear) strike

 

HIJI WAZA — ELBOW TECHNIQUES

6) Oshi Taoshi — knock or push down

7) Ude Gaeshi — arm reversal

8) Hiki Taoshi — elbow pull and push down

9) Ude Hineri — arm twist

10) Waki Gatame — side of chest arm lock

11) Goshin Jitsu Waki Gatame — side of chest arm lock variation

TEKUBI WAZA — WRIST TECHNIQUES

12) Kote Hineri — wrist twist

13) Kote Gaeshi — wrist reversal

14) Tenkai Kote Hineri — circular wrist twist

15) Shiho Nage — four corner (all directions) throw

16) Tenkai Kote Gaeshi — circular wrist turn

 

UKI WAZA — FLOATING TECHNIQUES

17) Kote Taoshi — wrist pull and push down

18) Mae Otoshi — forward drop

19) Sumi Otoshi — rear corner drop

20) Sumi Taoshi — rear corner push down

21) Sumi Garuma — rear corner wheel

22) Sumi Tai Garuma — rear corner body wheel

23) Hiki Otoshi Garuma — elbow pull and drop wheel

O Waza Ju Pon

1) Kubi Garuma — neck wheel

2) Kata Otoshi — shoulder drop

3) Ude Guruma — arm wheel

4) Hiji Guruma — elbow wheel

5) Irimi Nage — fitting in throw

6) Shiho Nage — four corner (all directions) throw

7) Ushiro Ate — behind (from the rear) stirke

8) Kote Gaeshi — wrist turn

9) Ushiro Kubi Gatame — neck hold from behind (the rear)

10) Shizumi Otoshi — sinking body drop