Starting position. Tori at right, uke at left - for reasons of visibility - but in the text below, tori moves are in left column, uke in right.
Starting with bokken in belt, facing uke.
Starting in chudan kamae, sword drawn and held at middle guard, facing tori.
Step forward with left foot, lift sword to jodan kamae, over the head.
Step forward with left foot, drawing the sword.
Step forward with right foot.
Step forward to the right with the right foot, uke nagashi, parry on high level.
Men, cut to head level in the direction of tori's original position.
Grip sword with both hands, while left foot goes to right foot.
Half step back and lift sword to jodan kamae.
Left foot to forward left, on uke's right side. Right foot follows a bit, and body turns sideways, facing uke.
Chudan giri, cut to middle level in the direction of tori's previous position.
Kesagiri, diagonal cut, stopping above the neck on uke's right side.
Yield sword to migi no waki, right side guard. Retreat three steps.
Push right foot further back and lower the sword to gedan level, keeping it in a slightly diagonal track.
Turn the sword, so that the edge points straight down - and simultaneously straighten the body posture, if having done the leaning body kesagiri.
Step back with left foot, and at the end of the step do chiburi migi, "shake off blood" to the right, by swinging the blade that way, then pulling it back to a position in front of body, sword grip to the left and sword point to the right.
Noto, sword back into scabbard, by first swinging it over. Step back to the starting position.
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