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Robert Townson
02-18-2005, 01:50 AM
Hi all!

I've been looking on the t'internet for video bokken and jo solo katas and paired practice, but I have only been able to find a couple and they have only been short.

Does anyone know of any good links for either or both of these types of technicque? I am more interested in the bokken work as i would like to see how it compares to what I has been taught.

Thx in advance

Little Tiger
02-18-2005, 03:45 AM
At http://www.directmind.com/video_clips.htm the have a couple of paired practice - Jo and bokken (kumitachis).


02-18-2005, 05:07 AM
There are a couple of good DVD's of Saito Sensei available from Aikido Journal. Worth the investment.



Robert Townson
02-18-2005, 05:31 AM
Johanna - Thanks!! The bokken clips were exactly the sort of stuff I look for.

Bryan - Well.... i wasn't actually planning on spending any money ;) But you're right, a couple of DVD would be good for reference. I'll have to start savin' my pennies.

Robert Townson
02-18-2005, 06:00 AM
Oh, does anyone know if the DVDs Bryan is refering to are Aikido techniques for defense against someone with a jo or bokken (armed vs unarmed) or are they armed vs armed techniques or both?

02-18-2005, 08:55 AM
We also have some clips on some of the weapons work we do at our dojo.

You can find them here:



david evans
03-10-2005, 05:29 AM
The DVDs are a great starting point for both solo and paired practice. In particular they focus on armed versus armed.

Certainly a worthwhile investment.


03-10-2005, 07:28 AM
I would without a doubt recommend that you invest in the DVD-set with Nishio sensei. He shows a lot of tehcniques both without weapons, with a bokken and with jo. In addition he also shows the techniques as paired techniques with sword against sword (ken-tai-ken) and sword against jo (ken-tai-jo). Finally he has created a set of Iaido-like sword-based katas (aiki-toho) that are closely related to the way he does aikido.

Wearth every penny if you ask me - but of course it might be far from what you usually do, which would limit the benefit, unless you are REALLY serious and are ready to study a new way of doing things. I think there might be a few clips for download on aikijournal so go check it out.

Paul Clark
03-10-2005, 10:51 AM
Our Sensei at Yellow Springs Aikido in Ohio produced a fairly exhaustive set of video clips of the Iwama-style repertoire several years ago. There is an entire CD devoted to Bukiwaza, and it includes all of the basic Iwama weapons stuff as well as a sampling of variations. I highly recommend them, and you can order (by mail) from this website: