The aikido Mr. Lowry teaches contains, just as Mr. Tomiki envisioned, a series of kata as well as the practice of randori (although, unlike common Tomiki-ryu schools, the Kaze Uta Budo Kai approach pursues a non-competitive form of randori). As with judo, randori serves as a method of applying principles learned by long repetition of kata. Within the kata are a wide range of technical applications which include:

Nage Waza Throwing Techniques

Katame Waza Locking Techniques

Atemi Waza Striking Techniques

Kansetsu Waza Joint Techniques

Suwari Waza Kneeling Techniques

Tachi Waza Standing Techniques

Ukemi Waza Falling Techniques

Tanto Waza Defending Against a Knife

Tachi Dori Defending Against a Sword

Jo no Bu / Jo Dori Defending Against a Jo

Jo no Bu / Jo no Tsukai Kata Using a Jo

Tachi no Tachi Sword Against Sword

Those techniques, in turn, are represented in the aikido kata listed on the right (for the techniques within each kata, click on a kata name):

The first three kata above as well as the first five techniques of O Waza Ju Pon make up the requirements for Shodan (1st degree black belt). Below are listed the advanced katas which are studied from Shodan onward (although, due to the somewhat redundant nature of their content, Ichi and Ni Kata are not typically practiced in Kaze Uta Budo Kai schools).

Koryu Dai Ichi The First Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Ni The Second Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai San The Third Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Yon The Fourth Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Go The Fifth Advanced Kata

Koryu Dai Roku The Sixth Advanced Kata

Click on the name of a technique in blue to watch a video with detailed instructions.

Tegatana no Kata—"The Walk"

1) Shomen Ashi — forward step

2) Waki Ashi — side to side step

3) Tenkan Ashi — turning step

4) Shomen Te Gatame — straight hand blade (same hand/foot)

5) Uchi Mawashi — inside sweep hand blade  (same hand/foot)

6) Soto Mawashi — outside sweep hand blade  (same hand/foot)

7) Uchi Soto Gaeshi — forward block & side push (same hand/foot)

8) Uchi Mawashi Gaeshi — inside sweep & turn (same hand/foot)

9) Soto Mawashi Gaeshi — outside sweep & turn (opposite hand/foot)

10) Ude Goshi Gaeshi — arm & hip turn (opposite hand/ foot)

11) O Mawashi — major circle (opposite hand/foot)

12) Yoko O Mawashi — side major circle (both hands/feet)

Hanasu Waza—"The 8 Releases"

1) Hon Soto Hanasu — normal outside release (palm down)

2) Hon Soto Te Osu — normal outside hand push (palm up)

3) Gyaku Soto Hanasu — reverse outside release (palm up)

4) Gyaku Soto Te Osu — revearse outside hand push (palm down)

5) Hon Uchi Hanasu — normal inside release (palm down)

6) Hon Uchi Ude Hineri — normal inside arm twist (palm up)

7) Gyaku Uchi Hanasu — revearse inside release (palm up)

8) Gyaku Uchi Ude Hineri — revearse inside arm twist (palm down)

Ju Nana Hon Kata—"The 17"


1) Shomen Ate — frontal head strike

2) Aigamae Ate — fitting posture strike

3) Gyaku Gamae Ate — revearse posture strike

4) Gedan Ate — low strike

5) Ushiro Ate — from behind strike



6) Oshi Taoshi — knock or push down

7) Ude Gaeshi — arm reversal

8) Hiki Taoshi — elbow pull & push down

9) Ude Hineri — arm twist

10) Waki Gatame — side of chest arm lock


11) Kote Hineri — wrist twist

12) Kote Gaeshi — wrist reversal

13) Tenkai Kote Hineri — rotating wrist twist

14) Shiho Nage — four corner throw



15) Mae Otoshi — forward drop

16) Sumi Otoshi — rear corner drop

17) Hiki Otoshi — elbow pull and drop

Owaza Ju Pon—"The Big 10"

1) Kata Otoshi — shoulder drop

2) Kubi Guruma — neck wheel

3) Ude Guruma — arm wheel

4) Hiji Guruma — elbow wheel

5) Irimi Nage — fitting in throw

6) Shiho Nage — four corner (all directions) throw

7) Ushiro Ate — behind (from the rear) strike

8) Kote Gaeshi — wrist turn

9) Ushiro Kubi Gatame — neck hold from behind (the rear)

10) Shizumi Otoshi — sinking body drop

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