In this kata, techniques are not only executed from both kneeling and standing positions, but also against various weapons. For the first time within the Tomiki Syllabus and Koryu-no-Kata, the tanto, the bokken and the yari are introduced. As a result the student is introduced to varying combat distances, as well as variations in timing and different initative concepts and strategies. Throughout this kata, the concepts of go-no-sen, sen-no-sen, and sen-sen-no-sen are examined in detail for the first time. Consequently, the Koryu-Dai-San provides a broad view of Tomiki Aikido as a whole, and clearly demonstrating it's relationship with Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.
Theme Note: This Kata is taught as a self-defense kata, and each technique should be demonstrated with precision and conviction from both tori and uke.
A(Part 1). Suwari Waza (4) - Tori & Uke kneeling
A(Part 2). Hanza Handachi (4) - Tori Kneeling, Uke standing
B. Tachi Waza (8) - Tori & Uke standing
C. Tanto Dori (8) - Uke wields a tanto (wooden training knife)
D. Tachi* Dori (5) - Uke wields bokken / bokuto (wooden training sword)
E. Yari Dori (5) - Uke wields a Jo (short wooden pole representing a Yari)
F. Yari no kumitsukareta (8) - Tori wields a Jo
G. Kumi Tachi (8) - Tori & Uke wield bokken / bokuto
*Tachi (太刀) is a Japanese sword, which has a strongly curved blade and is longer than a katana. It was used on the battlefield before katana was, so it is considered to be older. The word Tachi translates as "the soul of bushi" (soul of samurai).
*Yari (槍) is the term for one of the traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto) in the form of a spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear.
Suwari-waza (Section A - Kneeling Techniques)
Tachi-waza (Section B - Standing Techniques)
Tanto-dori (Section C - Standing Techniques, hand against Knife)
Tachi-dori (Section D - Standing Techniques, hand against sword )
Jo-no-bu Jo-dori (Section E - Standing Techniques, hand against Jo)
Jo-no-bu Jo-no-tsukai-kata (Section F - Standing Techniques, Jo against hand)
Tachi-tai-tachi (Section G - Standing Techniques, Sword against Sword)