Ippon-uchi technique involves seeing an opening and making a direct attack.  
Ippon-uchi is the most fundamental of techniques.
Kihon Ichi (Fundamental No.1)
    Ippon-uchi no waza: Men, Kote, Doh, Tsuki.
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1. From the tachiai position, Motodachi and Kakarite take three steps forward to issoku-itto-no-
maai.
2. Motodachi opens the Men by shifting the kisaki (tip) of the bokuto to the right.
3. Kakarite takes one large step forward, executes a strike to Motodachi’s Shomen, and gives
kiai (shout): “Men�.
4. After executing the strike, Kakarite takes two steps back.
5. Motodachi moves the bokuto back to chudan-no-kamae upon Kakarite’s second step.
6. Both practitioners re-establishe issoku-itto-no-maai.
7. Motodachi opens the kote by elevating the tip of the bokuto and exposing the right wristt.
8. Kakarite takes one large step forward, executes a strike to Motodachi’s Kote, and gives
kiai: “Kote�.
9. After executing the strike, Kakarite takes two steps back.
10. Motodachi moves the bokuto back to chudan-no-kamae upon Kakarite’s second step.
11. Both practitioners re-establishe issoku-itto-no-maai.
12.  Motodachi opens the Doh by elevating the bokuto overhead.
13. Kakarite takes one large step forward, executes a strike to Motodachi’s migi (right) Doh,
and gives kiai: “Doh�.
14. After executing the strike, Kakarite takes two steps back.
15. Motodachi lowers the bokuto back to chudan-no-kamae upon Kakarite’s second step.
16. Both practitioners re-establishe issoku-itto-no-maai.
17. Motodachi opens for a tsuki by lowering the bokuto diagonally downward and to the right.  
18. Kakarite takes one large step forward, executes a tsuki to Motodachi’s throat, and gives
kiai: “Tsukiâ€�.  The tip of the bokuto is then retracted back to chudan-no-kamae as the left
leg is brought forward in completion of the step.
19. Motodachi takes one step backward as Kakarite executes the Tsuki.
20. After completion of the Tsuki, Kakarite takes two steps back.
21. Motodachi elevates the bokuto back to chudan-no-kamae and takes one step forward upon
Kakarite’s second reward step.
22. Both practitioners assume kamae at the yokote-kosa interval, perform toki-kata and then
take five reward steps to the tachiai position.
23. At the tachiai position, the bokuto are elevated to chudan-no-kame.  The first kihon is thus
complete and the practitioners are ready to start the second kihon exercise.
Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho
Kihon Ni: (Fundamental No.2)
    Ni/Sandan no waza: Kote – Men
Kinon San (Fundamental No.3)
    Harai waza: Harai Men
Ni/Sandan no waza is the technique of executing two or three
strikes in a single, fluid attack sequence.
1. Motodachi opens the kote by elevating the tip of the bokuto and exposing the right wrist.
2. Kakarite takes one large step forward, executes a strike to Motodachi’s kote, and gives
kiai: “Kote�.
3. Kakarite takes a second step forward, executes a strike to Motodachi’s Shomen, and
gives kiai: “Men�.
4. Motodachi takes one step backward and shifts the bokuto to the right as Kakarite moves
forward for the Shomen attack.
5. Kakarite takes three steps back after completion of the strike sequence. (When performing the
movement to practice Sandan no Waza, e.g., the Kote, Men, Doh, take as many steps as
necessary to return to the center.)
6. Motodachi returns the bokuto to the chudan-no-kamae position and takes one step forward as
Kakarite takes their third step back (Motodachi takes two steps forward when performing the
movement to practice Sandan no Waza – the first step taken as Kakarite takes their third step
back.)
7. Both practitioners assume kamae at the yokote-kosa interval, perform toki-kata and then take
five reward steps to the tachiai position.
8. At the tachiai position, the bokuto are elevated to chudan-no-kame.  The second kihon is thus
complete and the practitioners are ready to start the third kihon exercise.
Harai waza is the technique of upsetting an opponent’s kamae
by striking their sword off-center in the same movement of the
attack.
1. Kakarite takes one large step forward and at the same time moves the bokuto in an upward,
clockwise, circular motion to strike the left side of Motodachi’s bokuto.
2. Continuing the same upward circular motion used to offset Motodachi’s bokuto, Kakarite
completes the upward swing of the bokuto and then strikes forward to Motodachi’s Shomen
and gives kiai: “Men�.
3. After executing the strike, Kakarite takes two steps back.
4. Motodachi moves the bokuto back to chudan-no-kamae upon Kakarite’s second step and
both assume kamae at the koji interval.
5. Both practitioners perform toki-kata and retreat to the tachiai position.
Key Points:
a. The harai and the kaburi (raising of the bokuto overhead) are executed in a single
upward motion.

b. The entire process from the harai waza to the completion of the Men strike must
be executed as a single movement of the bokuto, arms, legs, and body.
Mark Uchida - Copyright 2003
(Movements 1, 2, &3)