Nagamine no Kon Step-by-Step Breakdown

How to Learn Bo Kata Nagamine no Kon with Step by Step Breakdown

This post details the step-by-step breakdown of the previous kata video I posted, Kata Nagamine no Kon. It uses a series of freeze-frames from the practice video to show each of the specific moves in the kata along with descriptions and tips. I also include a step-by-step PDF reference sheet that you may download and print. Along with the previous practice video, this should greatly help you learn and practice this advanced bo kata as a supplement to your local instruction.

[Note: The photos below are freeze frames from the live action practice video, so they are not as perfect as if they were specifically posed photos for each move.] 


Nagamine no Kon Bo Kata Freeze-Frame Step-by-Step Breakdown

Opening Sequence

This kata begins in a Musubi-dachi (heels together) with Bo behind Right arm/hand. Then unwind into starting position and announce the name of the kata – Nagamine no Kon.

1A) Yoi. Musubi-dachi (North). Bo held vertical on Right-side behind R-hand/arm.
1B) Rei (bow).
2A) Open. Reach L-hand over grasping Bo with palm up under R-elbow while unwinding the Bo into a Fuso right, vertical at R-side with thumbs down, as you L-step out left.
2B) L-step in to musubi-dachi while dropping L-hand down to side. Announce kata: Nagamine No Kon.

First Upward Strike

The upward strike is done by dropping into an angled shiko-dachi and starting the tip of the Bo on or near the ground directly in front of you, which would be between the feet of an attacker. Then forcefully pull the front of the Bo upward curling the front hand up while pushing the back hand down to pivot the Bo like a lever. This would drive the Bo upward to strike the attacker’s groin. Note in the photos that the move ends with the tip of the Bo above where the groin would be. That’s because you want to strike as if the Bo could go right through the target rather than stopping the strike on the surface of the target. This upward strike may also be performed higher in a taller stance to strike the forward hand of an attacker holding a Bo to break their grip on their weapon.

3A) Reach L-hand across forehead to grip Bo palm forward, thumb down
3B) R-step forward into shiko-dachi (W facing N looking). Upward groin strike.

First Nagamine Strike / Upward Strike Combination

The first Nagamine strike in this kata is done while spinning around 180° to the rear in a shiko-dachi. Then while turning back around to the front shifting into an angled shiko-dachi unwind the Bo down and around close to the body before bringing it up into the upward groin strike.

4) R-step back, turning 180° R into shiko-dachi (E facing S Looking). R nagamine strike (S) L to R.
5) R-step (N) turning 180° L into angled shiko-dachi (W facing N looking). R upward groin strike.

First Signature Nagamine Strike Combination

This is the signature Nagamine strike combination of this kata. This combination is done three times in the kata in three different directions. The first combination is forward to the North (front). The sequence begins by stepping into a shiko-dachi while performing a low side sweep block. Then shift into a zenkutsu-dachi while stabbing to the ground. Next step back into zenkutsu-dachi while performing a high block and flowing right into a Nagamine strike. Finally shift into a shiko-dachi and unwind the Bo into an upward groin strike to complete the combination. This first Nagamine strike combination is done to the North (Front).

6) L-step forward into shiko-dachi (E facing N looking). L low sweep back-end of Bo L to R.
7) L-step back into L-zenkutsu-dachi (N). L ground stab with back-end of Bo (N).
8A) L-step back to R-zenkutsu (N). High block.
8B) Flow right into a R Nagamine strike (N).
8C) Shift into angled Shiko-dachi. Unwind the Bo into an upward groin strike.

Transitional Move

This next move is a transitional move to change hands and direction, in preparation for the following repeat of the signature Nagamine combination in a different direction.

9A) R-step back to L-foot while performing a slide switch.
9B) L-step forward into L-zenkutsu-dachi. L down strike (N).

Second Signature Nagamine Strike Combination

This is the second instance of the signature Nagamine strike combination in a different direction (NE) using the opposite hands as before.

10) R-step forward (NE) to shiko-dachi (NW facing, NE Looking). R sweep back-end R to L (NE).
11) Shift into R-zenkutsu-dachi. R ground stab back-end of Bo (NE).
12A) R-step back into L-zenkutsu (NE). High block.
12B) Flow into a L Nagamine strike (NE).
12C) Shift into a shiko-dachi. Unwind the Bo into an upward groin strike (NE).

First Six Strike Combination

In addition to the three repetitions of the signature Nagamine strike combinations in this kata it also has three repetitions of a six strike combination set as seen below. This six strike combination is very similar to the six strike combination seen in kata Fuso, except instead of ending with row/row it ends with side/side. Very similar strikes but at slightly different angles. The row/row strikes of Fuso are done on descending angles that make an X through the target where the side/side strikes of Nagamine no Kon are both done horizontally. This first set is done to the East.

13A) R-step (E) into R-zenkutsu-dachi. Slide switch. Fuso block (E).
13B) L down strike with back of the Bo (E).
13C) R down strike with front of the Bo (E).
13D) L up strike on the same side with back of the Bo (E)
13E) R down strike with front of the Bo (E).
13F) L side strike with back of the Bo (E).
13G) R side strike with front of the Bo (E).
14) Shift into shiko-dachi (N facing, E looking). R upward groin strike (E).

Second Six Strike Combination

Same as the previous six strike set but on the opposite side (W).

15A) L-step to R-foot turn 180° L (W), slide switch.
15B) L-step to L-zenkutsu. Fuso. (W)
15C) R down strike with back of the Bo (W).
15D) L down strike with front of the Bo (W).
15E) R up strike on the same side with back of the Bo (W)
15F) L down strike with front of the Bo (W).
15G) R side strike with back of the Bo (W).
15H) L side strike with front of the Bo (W).
16) Shift into shiko-dachi (N facing, W looking). L upward groin strike (W).

Third Signature Nagamine Strike Combination

This is the third and final instance of the signature Nagamine strike combination, in a third direction (NW).

17) R-step forward (NE) to shiko-dachi (SW facing, NW Looking). R sweep back-end R to L (NW).
18) Shift into R-zenkutsu-dachi. R ground stab back-end of Bo (NW).
19A) R-step back into L-zenkutsu (NW). High block.
19B) Flow into a L Nagamine strike (NW).
19C) Shift into a shiko-dachi. Unwind the Bo into an upward groin strike (NW).

Third Six Strike Combination

This third instance of the six strike combination is done to the North (front).

20A) R-step (E) into R-zenkutsu-dachi. Slide switch. Fuso block (N).
20B) L down strike with back of the Bo (N).
20C) R down strike with front of the Bo (N).
20D) L up strike on the same side with back of the Bo (N)
20E) R down strike with front of the Bo (N).
20F) L side strike with back of the Bo (N).
20G) R side strike with front of the Bo (N).
21) Shift into shiko-dachi (W facing, N looking). R upward groin strike (N).

Ending Sequence

The final sequence of moves consists of a series of blocks and strikes to the South (back).

22) R-step (W) turning 180° L into L-kokutsu-dachi (back stance) (S). Anti-fuso high block (S).
23) R-step forward into R-zenkutsu-dachi (S). R down strike. Kiai.
24A) Pull R-foot back to Left. Slide switch.
24B) L-step forward into L-zenkutsu-dachi. L down strike.
25A) Pull L-foot back. Slide switch.
25B) R-step forward into R-zenkutsu-dachi. Fuso block.
25C) L down strike with back of Bo.
25D) R down strike with front of Bo (S).

Closing Sequence

The kata ends by unwinding the Bo back to where it started and bowing out.

26A) Pull L-foot forward (S) while turning 180° L into musubi-dachi (N). Bo held vertically on R-side Fuso.
26B) Unwind Bo in a vertical circle.
26C) Returning back to Yoi.
26D) Rei (bow).

Nagamine no Kon Bo Kata PDF Reference Sheet

The following PDF reference sheet is a single condensed page to use as reference while learning and practicing the kata. It is useful to help you remember what all the moves are until they are committed to muscle memory or for review to remember them after returning to the kata if it hasn’t been practiced in a while. I had created this reference sheet when I was first learning the kata myself. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

Download Nagamine no Kon Bo Kata PDF Reference Sheet

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