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Kusarigama of Isshin Ryu 一心流 (Type 3) - Syllabus



There are 30 Kata within the syllabus - 12 Omote, 12 Ura (having the same names as the Omote) and 6 Okuden.

ShindoMusoRyu.com makes the point the kusarigama... is one of the most difficult of the supplemental arts in SMR because it requires casting skill. Targets used to be put up in the Rembukan to practice casting.

Just as in SMR it is not enough to know the kata, but to also be skilled at Hikiotoshiuchi, which takes a lot of practice, in the same way it is not enough to learn the kata listed below, but to also be proficient at the basic skill of casting.  

Omote
居敷 Ishiki
添身 Soemi
羽返 Hagaeshi
無眼 Mugan
十文字 Jumonji
振込一文字 Furikomi Ichimonji
振込十文字 Furikomi Jumonji
磯之浪 Isononami
巻落 Maki Otoshi
三所詰 Mitokoro Zume
浮船 Uki Fune
袖搦 Sode Garame

Ura
居敷 Ishiki
添身 Soemi
羽返 Hagaeshi
無眼 Mugan
十文字 Jumonji
振込一文字 Furikomi Ichimonji
振込十文字 Furikomi Jumonji
磯之浪 Isononami
巻落 Maki Otoshi
三所詰 Mitokoro Zume
浮船 Uki Fune
袖搦 Sode Garame

Okuden
Mae
Ushiro
Hidari
Migi
Yariai jo
Yariai ge

In the coming posts I will take a detailed look at many of the kata, however here are a few snapshots:

There is no pull.


Funnel catch.


Don’t throw it too far.


Deliberate entanglement.


Cross stepping.


Many theories….


Okuden are seiza, or against the spear.







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