Kata in Kendo are series of paired techniques practiced between an Uchidachi (teacher) and Shidachi (student). We use first use the Tachi (long sword) and then start to use the Kodachi (short sword). The techniques have been compiled from various Japanese kenjutsu schools and tie our modern Kendo practice to the traditions and principles of the past. Kata practice is a crucial part of keiko for every kendoka.
We sell Tachi and Kodachi individually or in sets. We offer red and white oak as well as a set made of Japanese winter hazel - Isu. Red oak is generally quite light, but absorbs impacts well so makes a good bokken for use in kata where contact is made between swords. White oak is noticeably heavier and slightly more resilient than red oak making it an ideal material for bokken used in contact practice. Finally Isu is a harder wood and therefore not so resilient compared to the other woods, but it carries a beautiful and unique colour from bokken to bokken - it is also fairly light which may be more to certain kendoka's tastes.
> Overall length: 101.5 cm
> Blade length: 75.5 cm
> Tsuka length 26 cm
> Tsuka diameter: 37 mm x 26 mm
> Overall length: 54.5 cm
> Blade length: 41 cm
> Tsuka length 13.5 cm
> Tsuka diameter: 35 mm x 25 mm