Seitei Iaido is the iaido style of the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF, Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei or ZNKR). They were drawn from or based on several of the major traditional sword schools, including Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, Muso Shinden-ryu and Hoki-ryu. Three more kata were added in 1981 and two more in 2000, increasing the number of seitei iaido kata to the current twelve. These kata are officially known as the “All Japan Kendo Federation Iai” Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Iai, or Zen Ken Ren Iai and commonly referred to as seitei or seitei-gata.The twelve Seitei iaido forms seitei-gata are now standardised for the tuition, promotion and propagation of iaido within the kendo federations. Although not all dojo teach seitei iaido, the AJKF uses them as a standard for their exams and shiai. As a result, seitei iaido has become the most widely recognised form of iaido in Japan and the rest of the world.
Dojo that are affiliated with the All Japan Kendo Federation, generally begin practice with these twelve forms or seitei-gata before going on to teach any classical forms of iaido that may also be included in their curriculum.
1.Mae – Front
2.Ushiro – Rear
3.Ukenagashi – Deflect and Cut
4.Tsuka-ate – Striking with the Hilt
5.Kesagiri – Diagonal Cut
6.Morote-zuki – Two-Hand Thrust
7.Sanpogiri – Three Direction Cut
8.Ganmen-ate – Hit to the Face
9.Soete-zuki – Joined Hand Thrust
10.Shihogiri – Four Direction Cutting
11.Sogiri – Complete Cuts. Five different and complete cuts
12.Nukiuchi – Sudden Draw