Kata etiquette is not so difficult. Most of them are the same as kendo, and of course, there are some general points in the kata study. But there are some things that we do differently in kata from kendo.
For example, in kata, we carry our bokutō in our right hand until we take the taitō position. There are senseis that we should carry our shinai in our right hand in kendo as well but we should carry our shinai in our left hand in sagetō position. Just follow what your sensei tells you to do.
* Mitsu-gashira: In the video, I used the term, Mitsu-gashira. But yokote is more commonly used. Please remember yokote rather than mitsu-gashira.
I carry my shinai in my right hand when I carry my bōgu set with me. So bōgu set in my left hand and shinai in the right hand. And when I carry my men, I carry it in my left hand under my left arm pit and shinai in the right hand.
Different dojos have different rules and reasons behind the rules. So we cannot really say which one is right or wrong.
These are the general points that we follow during the kendo kata where I instruct.
They are introduced in the video but listed below as well.
Mind you that they are what we do and not necessarily what you do at your dojo. Please follow the instruction at your dojo.