We recently held our winter round of testing for -kyu ranks, and I’m happy to say that everyone who tested, passed!
Congratulations goes to the following:
2-kyu: Joey Heck, Erik Ness
3-kyu: Tyler Wilson, Gary Haynie, Sarah Vigstol
So, in our dojo now, we have 1- 1kyu, 3- 2kyu, 3- 3kyu, and two unranked members. We can test up to 2kyu in our dojo, and after that members have to attend an AUSKF or regional KF sponsored event in order to test. Our dojo generally offers testing in June and Dec/January in order to keep in line with the AUSKF Iaido summer camp.
Judging panels generally consist of 5 upper dan ranked members, and to pass, a majority of the judges need to give a passing mark. Participants need to perform opening reiho, 5 kata of the judges’ choice, & closing reiho all within a 6 minute window. Over time equals disqualification. Performing the reiho incorrectly even though the kata may be fine equals disqualification. Everything has to be performed according to “the book” relative to the student’s rank they are attempting.
Since we have finished our rank testing, we are now going to take a few months to introduce and practice our koryu, Musoshindenryu. Some members have had exposure to some of the various Shoden teachings, and we’ll continue with that to see how far we can get in three months. I’d love for everyone to have at least tried or worked on all of the shoden kata. They include:
The word “Shoden” can be translated as the “entry-transmission”, and was derived from the Omori-ryu Iaido. Omori-ryu was said to have been created by Hayashi Rokudayu Morimasa, the ninth headmaster of the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, who lived from 1661 until 1732. It has been included in the Muso Shinden Ryu at the entry level, and contains the following techniques:
- Shohatto (初発刀)
- Sato (左刀)
- Uto (右刀)
- Atarito (当刀)
- Inyoshintai (陰陽進退)
- Ryuto (流刀)
- Junto (順刀)
- Gyakuto (逆刀)
- Seichuto (勢中刀)
- Koranto (虎乱刀)
- Inyoshintai kaewaza (陰陽進退替技)
- Nukiuchi (抜打)
All of the shoden set start from seiza-bu except for the standing kata #10, Koranto. So, we’ll start back on our knees again!
In addition to these kata, we’ll also be introducing the Tachi-uchi no kurai kata or paired standing kata. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
I’ve already had one comment from Kelly following Wednesday’s practice, “Man, Koryu is awesome!”
I couldn’t agree more.