Ken Suburi

Suburi (素振り:すぶり), a word that translates literally to something like "elementary swinging", is used to refer to the basic solo movements of aiki-ken, developed as a distillation of the partnered practice.

There are seven aiki-ken suburi in Sensei  Saito's tradition, and are very simply named as follows:

  1. Ichi-no:  A simple downward vertical cut.
  2. Ni-no:    Step back into jōdan-no-kamae, then a downward vertical cut.
  3. San-no:  Step back into waki-gamae, then a downward vertical cut.
  4. Yon-no:  Step forward with a downward vertical cut; repeat.
  5. Go-no:   Step forward while guarding, then a 70 degree downward cut; repeat.
  6. Roku-no:Step forward with a downward vertical cut, then shuffle forward and thrust.
  7. Shichi-no: Step forward while guarding, then a 70 degree downward cut, then step forward and thrust.