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12-26-2004, 10:29 PM
Hello Everyone!

I am a beginer to Aikido and to weapons training. I am taking Aikido at my community college and would like to practice my Bokken and Jo suburi during the semester break.

Does anyone know of a site or a good book that contains detailed diagrams of the first 5 Bokken suburi?

Much thanks for any help,

Janet Rosen
12-27-2004, 09:08 AM
Noah, welcome to aikido and the forums.
It would be very helpful to know the lineage of your instructor and the weapons style s/he teaches, as there are many different weapons styles within aikido.

12-29-2004, 02:40 PM
I believe it is Tohei Sensei's Ki Aikido

12-29-2004, 03:33 PM

The 7 Bokken Suburi, 20 Jo Suburi, & 31 Jo Kata from Saito Sensei are detailed in Brian N Bagot's "Aikido - Traditional Art & Modern Sport" - ISBN 1 85223 715 5.

I also have Saito Sensei's videos on AikiJo and AikiKen, but I am not sure if they are still available. A search on the internet should help you out.



12-29-2004, 06:28 PM
Thank you

Janet Rosen
12-30-2004, 12:03 AM
I believe it is Tohei Sensei's Ki Aikido
Might be worth looking here then

12-30-2004, 01:07 AM

Here are a few links for you.

Aiki Ken DVD:


Aiki Jo DVD:


And the box set of both:


Hope that helps you out.


12-30-2004, 01:09 AM
Just realised as well, they have an English over-dub, which my videos certainly haven't got.


Tim Griffiths
12-30-2004, 05:21 AM
The Iwama suburi are quite different to those done in most Ki style dojo's. For example, the 31 jo-kata in Saito's style is done to a count of 22, in a more flowing way and with several modifications in the movements by Ki Soc.

I'd recommend the video's anyway, but don't expect it to be exactly the same as you do in your dojo.
There are also the exercises on Satome's tapes. Also good, perhaps more 'ki-style', but again different.

I personally feel you should get familiar with the movements your dojo does first, then broaden your understanding of slightly different ways to do the same thing, and the logic behind the movements. The best way to do this it to use/borrow a camcorder and ask your sensei, or a senior student to do them on tape. I'm sure if you get your sensei to do it, others in the dojo would be pestering you for copies.


12-31-2004, 03:59 PM
Thank you all very much