Solo practice with tachi
Is Kendo kata with tachi (bokken), as a solo practice, a part of the regular kendo training? Or is it performed only in training in pairs? If so, on what stage does it begin?
There is no particular stage to start kata
. You may want to know the real basic stuff such as etiquette and manners, how to hold, draw and put away a sword (bokutō
in this case).
is designed to practice as a pair. However, you can practice it by yourself.
When practicing on your own, you have to create an image of a partner (opponent) in your head. Kata
is a form of learning techniques without hitting each other.
, we learn ma-ai
rhythm and timing (of techniques as well as your partner’s movements) and breathing
, we learn a bunch of stuff so it is a good idea to have a partner when you can.