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