is the Japanese art of the drawn sword
, and focuses on principles of swordfighting in the battlefield. We practice a combination of katas (fighting forms), sparring with padded swords, and test-cutting real targets with swords.
Perhaps unlike other styles that focus on more complex katas or one-on-one fight situations, we focus on developing proficiency on simpler but rapidly effective techniques. Since this is for the field, the sword is usually already drawn out of the scabbard (unlike iai
). The tameshigiri
or target-cutting skills also emphasize full swings and attacks to get the feel of cutting completely through the target rather than slicing, hacking or bashing the target.