Happo Giri



















































    MULTIDIRECTIONAL CUTS - 

    Happo giri represents multidirectional cuts in IAIDO. Starting with 4 and 8 directional cuts happogiri getting more complex with the stepping and movements. Originally multidirectional cuts were created to attack or protect from more than four enemies equipped with different kinds of weapons.





    Happo giri 4 Directional Cut

    1. Start - Seigan no kamae (warrior stand)
    2. Kirioroshi turning 180 degree
    3. Kirioroshi turning 90 to the right
    4. Kirioroshi turning 180 degree 
    5. Makkogiri turning 90 degree to the left
      Finish - Chiburi, Noto





    Happo giri 8 Directional Cut

    1. Start - Seigan no kamae (warrior stand)
    2. Kirioroshi turning 180 degree
    3. Kirioroshi turning 90 to the left
    4. Kirioroshi turning 180 degree 
    5. Kirioroshi turning 135 degree to the left
    6. Kirioroshi turning 180 degree 
    7. Kirioroshi turning 90 degree to the right
    8. Kirioroshi turning 180 degree 
    9. Makkogiri turning 45 degree to the left
      Finish - Chiburi, Noto

    Happo giri 8 Directional Cut (I Version)
    1. Being in Suzushi (warrior stand) draw the sword in Seigan no kamae. 
    2. Kirioroshi cut turning 180 degree, turning 90 degreestep in Seigan no kamae, turning 90 degree to the left into Migi Haso no kamae
    3.  Step with Kesagiri, step into Seigan, turning 180 degree into Hidari Haso no kamae
    4. Step with Kesgiri, step into Seigan no kamae, turning 135 degree to the left into Migi Waki Chudan no kamae
    5. Step with Ichimonji, step into Seigan no kamae, turning 180 degree into Hidari Waki Chudan no kamae
    6. Step with Ichimonji, step into Seigan no kamae, turning 90 degree to the left into Migi Waki Gedan nokamae
    7. Step with Guyakugesa, step into Seigan no kamae, turning 180 degree into Hidari Waki Gedan nokamae
    8. Step with Guyakugesa, step into Seigan no kamae, turning 45 degree to the left
    9. Blade to the left side pointing forward (sholder level vertical), one step with Tsuki
      Finish - Chiburi, Noto

    Happo giri 8 Directional Cut (II Version)

    1. Being in Suzushi (warrior stand) draw the sword in Seigan no kamae. 
    2. Turning 180 degree, step with Kesagiri, step with Guakugesa, step in Seigan no kamae, turning 90 degree to the left into Migi Haso no kamae
    3. Step with Kesagiri, step with Guakugesa, shuffle the same leg into Seigan no kamae
    4. Turning 180 degree into Hidari Haso no kamae, step with Kesgiri, step with Guakugesa, shuffle the same leg into Seigan no kamae, turning 135 degree to the left into Migi Waki Chudan no kamae
    5. Step with Ichimonji cut left, step with Ichimonji cut right, shuffle the same leg into Seigan no kamae, turning 180 degree into Hidari Waki Chudan no kamae
    6. Step with Ichimonji cut right, step with Ichimonji cut left, shuffle the same leg into Seigan no kamae, turning 90 degree to the left into Migi Waki Gedan no kamae
    7. Step with Guyakugesa, step with Kesagiri,  shuffle the same leg into Seigan no kamae, turning 180 degree into Hidari Waki Gedan no kamae
    8. Step with Guyakugesa, step with Kesagiri,  shuffle the same leg into Seigan no kamae
    9. Turning 45 degree to the left, blade to the left side pointing forward (shoulder level, horizontal), one step fake Tsuki, second step real Tsuki
      Finish - Chiburi, Noto

    Happo giri 8 Directional cut (III Version)
    1. Being in Suzushi (warrior stand) draw the sword in Seigan no kamae. 
    2. Turning 180 degree, shuffle Kesagiri, shuffle Guakugesa, shuffle own guard, step in Seigan no kamae, turning 90 degree to the left into Migi Haso no kamae
    3. Shuffle Kesagiri, shuffle Guakugesa, shuffle own guard, step in Seigan no kamae, turning 180 degree into Hidari Haso no kamae
    4. Shuffle Kesagiri, shuffle Guakugesa, shuffle own guard, step in Seigan no kamae, turning 135 degree to the left into Migi Waki Chudan no kamae
    5. Shuffle Ichimonji cut left, shuffle ichimonji cut right, shuffle own guard, step into Seigan n kamae, turning 180 degree into Hidari Waki Chudan no kamae
    6. Shuffle Ichimonji cut right, shuffle ichimonji cut left, shuffle own guard, step into Seigan no kamae, turning 90 degree to the left into Migi Waki Gedan no kamae
    7. Shuffle Guyakugesa, shuffle Kesagiri,  shuffle own guard, step into Seigan, turning 180 degree into Hidari Waki Gedan no kamae
    8. Shuffle Guyakugesa, shuffle Kesagiri, shuffle own guard, step into Seigan
    9. Turning 45 degree to the left, blade to the left side pointing forward, one step fake Tsuki, second step real Tsuki
      Finish - Chiburi, Noto