Many classical and classically-styled systems of kenjutsu incorporate a variety of weapons and unarmed techniques. In older usages of the term, jujutsu was not just a category of unarmed techniques, but rather any supplemental technique or weapon employed to cover the gap in response between an attack and the moment the primary weapon could be brought into action, or to cover instances in which the primary weapon was lost. The jujutsu in schools of kenjutsu may encompass waza related to nuki-dome (stopping a draw), kiri-dome (stopping a cut), tachi-dori (sword disarming), and tedori-gaeshi (“returning a grab” — methods of releasing a grip on one’s wrist, so that a draw can be completed).
These sets of techniques tend to be somewhat generic, and may be less complex mechanically than analogous techniques in arts like aikijujutsu. This article focuses on a tachi-dori waza known as Kiri-age.