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Iaido kata performed by Barry Poitras from Doshikai Kendo & Iaido Dojo

All Japan Kendo Iaido (ZNKR)

In the 20th century the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei created a set of Iaido katas, known as the seitei gata (standard forms). There are currently twelve in the curriculum. They are used as an introduction and foundation to Iaido basics. The ZNKR kata are practiced so Iaidoka can obtain ZNKR-recognized grades. They also make competition possible. The creation of the ZNKR set of forms ensures that these basic foundation building forms can be learned from any Iaido instructor, almost anywhere, with little variation. This provides the ability to compare quality between Iaido practitioners from various koryu evenly.


The kata begins with an opponent sitting facing you in seize directly in front of you. As your opponent threatens you while rising and drawing his sword, you respond by drawing and cutting your opponent with Nukitsuke and Kiritsuke, shaking the blade clean with Chiburi, and resheathing the sword with Noto.

Important Note

Great care should be taken by those using this application as a training guide. Doshikai and PawEng are not responsible for any damages, injuries or accidents caused by individuals not qualified to practice iaido. Students should use wooden swords (Bokken) or Iaito (Unsharpened Swords) for iaido practice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified instructor before attempting to perform any of these moves.