Use Kata in Kendo?
Are you allowed to use kata forms when sparring in kendo?
Thank you for question. Yes and no.
For example, wakigamae in No.4 is useless in kendo. From wakigamae, it makes more sense to cut up but because kendo has become really fast and does not use bit cuts as used with katana, cutting up is not realistic. Plus, there will be no protection if you cut up so simply it will hurt your training partners.
You can use,
No.1: Men nuki men
No.2: kote nuki kote
No.3: Tsuki-kaeshi-tsuki (very hard to do)
men (super hard to do so learn how to use your wrists from this)
No.5: Men suriage Men
No.6: Kote kaeshi kote
No.7: Nuki-do (do not do orishiki, kneeling down, it is simply dangerous for your training partner)
You probably cannot do as they are because like I mentioned, kendo strikes are smaller and faster. What you should learn from these are:
3. Tai-sabaki (body movements)
4. Ashi-sabaki (footwork)
5. Tachi-sabaki (the direction of your sword)
6. Tachi-suji (the direction of your sword and how it should be moved)
Hope this helps.