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05-12-2005, 02:00 PM
How many kata in your Aikido's bokken system?
05-12-2005, 02:10 PM
Solo kata, bokken vs bokken or bokken vs. anything? We have bokken vs tanto and bokken vs jo as well. I'd guess about 4 to 5 solo kata, 6 to 8 bokken vs bokken (3 made up of sets of 10 movements like the kendo no kata), maybe 1 to 2 B vs tanto and B vs jo. As well as several tanto kata (some paired, some solo), several jo kata, several jo vs jo, jo vs tanto etc. Quite a few in all. I'd say at least 20 for all the buki waza.
15 aiki-to-ho katas (like iaido) and a vast vast VAST number of paired ken-tai-ken and ken-tai-jo applications of most tachiwaza...
05-13-2005, 02:07 AM
Three solo bokken, three solo jo, one paired jo and bokken (same as first jo kata but with the addition of someone attacking with the bokken).
05-13-2005, 09:12 AM
7 bokken suburi (solo movements)
20 jo suburi
two or three jokata (31, 13 and possibly 22 kata) + same kata done with partner
4 or so bokken vs. bokken blending patterns
cutting in 4 or 8 direction solo practics (a couple of versions of each)
5 bokken vs. bokken (kumitachi = pared kata)
10 jo vs. jo (kumijo)
3 ken vs. jo awase practices
7-10 ken vs. jo pared kata (called ken tai jo)
I don't mention the weapons take-away, since I don't think that's what you were after.
(I probably forgot about something but it's been a long day).
05-21-2005, 02:04 AM
At my dojo, we use a system of exercises called aikibatto, which I developed a few years ago. It consists of ten exercises that can be done solo, like iaido, and with a partner, like aikiken.
These ten are "shoden", very basic - an introduction to how to use the sword. I plan to add ten "okuden" (not to be taken too seriously) exercises, sometime soon.
Here is more about aikibatto:
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