From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia

Way of the Japanese Sword.

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  • Not all Koryu Iai schools/dojo/organisations advocate the study of Seitei although some use the kata for two reasons;

1 - As a precursor before undertaking Koryu keiko.

2 - As a means of obtaining Dan ranking which is far more universally understood than koryu menkyo licensing. Study of Seitei offers a standard set of kata set by a Governing Body - the ZNKR.

Seitei is a Gendai (現代) (meaning modern) form of Iaido and although the origins stem from koryu schools such as Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, the combative element is replaced with the emphasis of technical perfection. Although outwardly looking very similar to several waza (technique) found in koryu-ha, there are many differences which have occurred through the standardisation process of bringing several kata together from several older ryu-ha. Seitei is never studied with shinken (真剣)

Also See:


Muso Shinden Ryu

Wikipedia - iaido

What happens when you attempt to use a Japanese sword without instruction from a qualified teacher