Kenjutsu is the art of studying the use of the Japanese sword (katana). It is a classical training tool used to demonstrate and understand distance, timing, and strategies of the martial arts. Training topics include:
Batto: Drawing the sword and cutting at the same time.
Kamae: Postures for holding the sword to chance distance and timing.
Happo Giri: Methods of cutting and thrusting with the sword.
Kata: Formal training patters that illustrate strategy and tactics with the sword.
In the Japanese martial arts, studying the sword is of high importance, since so many of the concepts used in unarmed movement and martial arts philosophy is communicated through the use of the sword.