Sai Kata Shodan
(Sai Kata #1

Sai Kata Shodan is the first of two traditional Kamishin Ryu Sai kata that were taught to Sensei Rockenbach by Master Keyser. Sai Kata Shodan uses a number of basic but practical Sai movements.



Sai Kata Shodan

  1. Begin from a Closed Parallel Stance with the Sais held tightly to your hips with the Sai butts pointed down. Bow. Slowly raise each Sai outward through a wide arc and bring the hilts together overhead. Then lower them through the same arc and bring the hilts together at the bottom of the arc directly in front of your groin. As the Sais meet at the top or bottom, the foils are on the east and west side of each Sai. Next, cross your arms with the left on the bottom, draw them back like a pull back hand with the foils vertical, then thrust them downward in front of you with the foils east-west as you step out with the left foot into Yoi Tachi.
  2. Move the left foot to the left into a Shiko Tachi and execute a Left Collarbone Strike and Left Outer Block.
  3. Shuffle slightly left into another Shiko Tachi and execute a Left Side X-Block.
  4. Remaining in a Shiko Tachi, pivot your body to the right and execute a Right Collarbone Strike and Right Outer Block.
  5. Shuffle slightly right into another Shiko Tachi and perform a Right Side X-Block.
  6. Move Left Foot to North into a Right Back Stance and move arms horizontally across body to north into a guarding position.
  7. Execute a Right Outside-to-Inside Crescent Kick to north while moving into a right-foot-north Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Collarbone Strike and Right Outer Block to the north.
  8. Shuffle north into another Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Side X-Block to north.

  9. Pivot 1/2 turn counterclockwise to left into a south-facing Right Back Stance and move arms horizontally across body to south into a guarding position.
  10. Execute a Right Outside-to-Inside Crescent Kick to south while moving into a right-foot-south Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Collarbone Strike and Right Outer Block to the south.
  11. Shuffle south into another Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Side X-Block to south.

  12. Turn counterclockwise 3/4 turn into a west-facing Right Back Stance and move arms horizontally across body to west into a guarding position.
  13. Step west into a right-foot-west Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Middle Strike with the butt of the Sai, followed by a Right Collarbone Strike and Right Outer Block.
  14. Shuffle west into a Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Side X-Block to west.
  15. Pivot 1/2 turn counterclockwise to left into an east-facing Right Back Stance and move arms horizontally across body to east in a guarding position.
  16. Step east into a Left Back Stance and execute a Right Middle Strike with the butt of the Sai, followed by a Right Collarbone Strike and Right Outer Block.
  17. Shuffle east into a Shiko Tachi and execute a Right Side X-Block to east.
  18. Pivot on left foot 1/2 turn clockwise into a south-facing Shiko Tachi and execute an Upper X-Block with the Sais.
  19. Pivot on left foot 1/2 turn clockwise into a north-facing Shiko Tachi and perform a double downward strike with both Sai butts.
  20. Move right foot to left into Yoi Tachi while crossing your arms with the left on the bottom, draw them back like a pull back hand with the foils vertical, then thrust them downward in front of you with the foils east-west.
  21. Move left foot to right into a Closed Parallel Stance facing north. Slowly raise each Sai outward through a wide arc and bring the hilts together overhead. Then lower them through the same arc and bring the hilts together at the bottom of the arc directly in front of your groin. As the Sais meet at the top or bottom, the foils are on the east and west side of each Sai. Move the Sais tightly to your hips with the Sai butts pointed down. Bow.