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Here follows an overview on the angles of the cuts we use in the first 10 katas.
For reference use the image at the bottom.

 


 

1. Ippon me, Mae (front)
First feeling threatened by the enemy sitting in front, deliver a cut to the temple and then cut down vertically.

2. Nihon me, Ushiro (back)
First feeling threatened by the enemy sitting behind, turn counter clockwise, deliver a horizontal cut to the temple and then cut down vertically.

3. Sanbon me, Uke Nagashi (parry block)
The enemy sitting on your left, suddenly stands up and attacks. You parry the attack with the shinogi (side of the sword), then make a diagonal downward cut from the opponent's left shoulder to his right hip.

4. Yonhon me, Tsuka Ate (handle strike)
Strike the enemy in his solar plexus with the kashira (the hilt of the sword handle), then stab the enemy behind you, in his solar plexus. Turn back to the front and make a vertical cut downward to the initial opponent.

5. Gohon me, Kesa Giri (diagonal cut)
When the enemy, in front, raises his sword, make a reverse cut from his right hip to his left shoulder. Then quickly reverse the sword and make a downward diagonal cut from his left shoulder to right hip (this is the kesa giri cut).

6. Roppon me, Morote Tsuki (2 hand thrust)
While walking you feel threatened by three people. Two in front and one behind. First make a diagonal cut downward across the face (his right temple to his left jaw) of the 1st opponent in front. Then make a two handed thrust to the solar plexus of the same man. Next turn and make a downward cut to the head of the man in the rear. Turn back to the front and make a downward cut to the head of the third, and last, opponent.

7. Nanahon me, Sanpo Giri (3 direction cut)
While walking forward you feel threatened by three man, one in front, one to the right and one to the left. First you make a downward diagonal cut to the face of the man on the right. Next turn and make a downward cut to the head of the man on the left. Turn right, to the front, and make a downward cut to the head the man before you.

8. Hachihon me, Ganmen Ate (Strike to the face)
While walking you feel threatened by a man in the front, so you strike him in the forehead (between the eyes) with the kashira (sword hilt). Then stab a man behind you. Turn towards him and stab him in the solar plexus. Turn back to the front and make a downward cut to the initial opponent in the front.

9. Kyuhon me, Soete Tsuki (assisting hand thrust)
While walking you feel threatened by a man on the left, so you make a diagonal cut across his chest. Then make a two handed thrust (left hand on the back of the blade) to his stomach.

10. Jyuppon me, Shiho Giri (4 directions cut)
While walking you feel threatened by four men. Two are diagonally in front and two diagonally behind you. Strike the wrist of the man to your right front and then stab the man to your left rear. Turn back to the right front and make a downward cut to his head. Turn and make another downward cut to the head of the right rear opponent. Turn and make a final downward cut to the head of the left front opponent.