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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #033 - Niten Ichi Ryu Noda-ha -
February 19, 2010

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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #033 - Niten Ichi Ryu Noda-ha -


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- Kendo Guide for Beginners Review -

- Niten Ichi Ryu Noda Ha -

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Niten Ichi Ryu Noda Ha

I was reading an article about Niten Ichi Ryu (School of Musashi Miyamoto) in a Japanese magazine, Kendo Nippon.† I would like to share what I found interesting with you.

Even though it is Niten Ichi Ryu , this one is Noda Ha, which means Noda style. According to this website, NPO Niten Ichi RyuMusashi Kai, there are three styles of Niten Ichi Ryu. For your reference, there are Noda Ha, Santo Ha and Shinmen Nito Ryu.

Anyway, the article was about Noda Ha so I am not sure if this is true for all the styles.

Move like No Dance and kiai like music

There is a teaching that has been orally passed down.
"Move like No Dance and kiai like music."

There are three kiai in Noda Ha, Zun, Tan, Hettai.†

Very interesting kiai, donít you think?

Apparently all the kiai is shouted by shitachi (nito side) and uchitachi has no kiai.


Zun is shouted as shitachi moving towards uchitachi and expresses a young tree growing.


Tan is shouted as shitachi swings down his/her sword. Tan means "sever".


Hettai is shouted as shitachi takes control over uchitachiís sword.† Hettai means "definite/abusolute".

You do not know what No dance is? Click here.

Move slowly but filled up with ki


They take 8 minutes to finish 5 forms (kata). You may think each kata includes a lot of movements.† However, all the forms are not really complicated either. So it is very slow.

Maybe their bokuto is very heavy so they have to do it slowly, you may think.† Their bokuto is very thin and light like a spatula.

Their bokuto is thin and light to teach their students the direction of the blade (hasuji).

However, after their 5 slow not complicated kata, they sweat like crazy, the head of the dojo says.† He continues, "We feel more tension in kata than in kendo".†

Not surprisingly, some shitachiís bokuto actually "slashed" uchitachiís shoulder.† That means they are really trying to express "reality".

† If you think about it, we do not want to stop our bokuto too high above a target in kata either. Yet, our bokuto is hard and heavier. Certainly not like a spatula!

So let's be careful, ey!

So until we have a good control, there is a possibility to hurt our partner as a result of pursuing the "reality". So please be careful if you are using a normal bokuto.

In Gorin no Sho (The Book of Five Rings), Musashi says "By trying to swing fast, we make the hasuji wrong. Thus, it is hard to swing correctly".

These are something we should study in kendo kata as well.

I would like to talk more about what I learned from the article in the next newsletter.


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