Hasegawa Eishin Ryu
The ten forms of the Hasegawa Eishin Ryu represent the middle learning stage of the Muso Shinden Ryu. All forms up to one start from the Iaihiza (tatehiza), the special Japanese knee seat. The Japanese knee seat (Seiza) as basis, the right leg is drawn up. The hands with the palms upwards are laying near the hip.
Note: practice Iaido Kata only under guidance of an experienced Iaido coach (don't try this at home)!
(Yoko-gumo: Lateral cloud). In the first form the Iaidoka is sitting in Iaihiza. If he recognizes a threat, which proceeds from one who is opposite sitting, it comes to the action. He departs with a default step back and perform a one-handed horizontal cut to the head (or if standing, to the stomach) of the attacker.
This attack is followed by a both-handled cut in going forward, which brings the things to an end.
(Toraisoku: Tigerpaw). Again the Iaidoka is sitting in Iaihiza. The enemy draws his sword to the legs of the sitter. In countering the Iaidoka evades with a wide step to the rear and draws his sword. The handle is easily plucked from above and after pulling the sword will be forced down immediately and resolute. So the blade of the attacker is caught. The sword strikes top down like a tigerpaw.
That is a defensive parry with the blade-back (compare the Kata Ukenagashi). Then the fight will be completed with a vertical cut.
(Inazuma: Flash). A Iaihiza seated is frontaly attacked. The Iaidoka departs back in front of a raging enemy showing a narrow silhouette. Comparable with the method of Seitei-Iai Kata Morotezuki Nukitsuke it will be drawed diagonally to the head or Kesa of the attacker from top left to bottom right.
This is followed by equally strong two-handed cut to defeat the attacker final.
(Ukigumo: Floating cloud). The Iaidoka is sitting in Iaihiza. He will be attacked by an enemy who is sitting right of him. He wants to catch the swordhandle of the Iaidoka. He uprises, pulls the handle of the sword to the back, to spoil his plans. Then he returnes with the handle moving close to the attacker and draws to the right side.
With enclosed hand the sword will be pressed against the attacker and cut through. After holding a short Kamae this is followed by a rotation to the fallen enemy on the ground. A final cut left besides makes an end.
(Yamaoroshi: Mountain breeze). In the fifth form the right seated enemy attacks. He wants possibly grasp to the handle of the sword of the Iaidokas to tear it away or even draw his own sword.
The iaidoka prevents the attack and hits his sword grip on the arms or hands of the (drawing) opponent. The handle is pulled up to blow against the head. He moves to the opponent to press him and draws the sword at the same time out to the right.
With enclosed hand the sword will be pressed against the attacker and cut through. Next a short Kamae is held. After that he turns frontal to the lying enemy on the ground. A final cut finished all.