Sensei Paul Frank demonstrates kata from Katori Shinto Ryu’s Iaijutsu. The iai (drawing, or unsheathing) katas begin from and return to a sheathed position, using a steel (but dull) sword.

The kata series, “Omote no iai,” consists of six katas that are performed from a kneeling position.

First kneeling kata, “kusanagi no ken”


The kata series, “Tachiai Battojutsu,” consists of five katas that are performed from a walking stance.

Third walking kata, “yukiai migi chidori no tachi”

Fifth walking kata, “nukiuchi no tachi”

All kata of the “Omote no Iai” series, in sequence: