I've been working on this aspect of taijutsu training a lot lately. I did a search and found some discussion in the general Q&A forum: http://www.martialartsplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6977&highlight=disarm+sword There was also some brief, in passing discussion of evasion on this thread: http://www.martialartsplanet.com/forums/showthread.php?p=177838#post177838 What are some of the usual mutodori training the rest of you ninja's partake in? The basic taihenjutsu mutodori kamae kata is a good one to do nearly every training session, but what about other kata, say from gyokko ryu chu- & ge-ryaku no maki? The principles I try to focus on most are calmness, smoothness, not revealing intention, and staying alert to possible counters from uke. I'd like to hear some other views on the following aspects of muto dori: tai-sabaki and kurai dori (body control, evasion, use of kamae, etc.) use of atemi (strikes), and gyakugi (joint-reversals) to effect a disarm henka (variations) found during practice of muto dori kata and whatever else you feel is related.