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John Boswell
01-27-2006, 01:37 PM
Just out of curiosity, how many practice weapons do you have?
Why so many/few?

The reason I ask is because I have an excellent bokken and a couple good jos. I'd like at least one more bokken in case mine ever breaks, though I doubt it would for a long time.

However, I find it difficult to justify spending the money when what I have does the trick!

I dunno... just thinking out loud. Comment or not, it's all good. :D

Jorge Garcia
01-27-2006, 01:51 PM
John,
What is your bokken made of? If it's Japanese white oak, it will last for years. If is the standard, it will go about a year to a year and a half depending on how you use it. I have a light bokken and a heavy bokken, I usually just have one jo.

Qatana
01-27-2006, 02:53 PM
my bokken, named Anguish
my jo, named illusion
my tanto, named mediator, though I usually call it Faithful Companion

I want a better jo, mine is cracking
I want a katana, a Real one
I want the local koryu class not to be at the same time as my aikido classes with Sensei...

John Boswell
01-27-2006, 03:09 PM
Jorge,

I believe it is Japanese White Oak as I purchused my bokken/jo set from E-bugo and it claimed "Master Quality" and it feels to be for the most part. I would prefer a heavier bokken for contact, but this one has not failed me.

Good luck with your scheduling, Jo Adell! There are many arts I'd like to study, if only I had the time. :( I haven't named my weapons as you have. Should I ever get around to hand carving my own, I might. Otherwise... *shrug* Cute names though! ;)

And PS: Another reason I've been asking is because I've seen others with multiple weapons, and I'd like to have a variety as well. But if my wife ever saw me spend a hundred bucks on a bokken, I think she'd shoot me or beat the poo outta me with it... thus, I'm fishing for justification to give in to tempation. :D Not really, but I do feel I need more than just one bokken.

...or do I ?

Fred Little
01-27-2006, 04:09 PM
This weekend, my seminar buki bag contains:

two naginata
one yari
one bo
two bokken
two shoto
two tanto
one jo
one iaito

my standard aikido seminar bag would carry

one bo
two jo
two bokken
two shoto
two tanto
fukuro shinai daisho

I like having a spare in case anything breaks, plus, somebody always turns up at weapons class without having brought their buki.

But I've inherited a lot of gear from people who stopped training and just left their weapons behind.....

FL

Shipley
01-27-2006, 04:46 PM
Wow. I'm feeling a bit on the spare side

One jo -- japanese white oak, 13 years old
One bokken -- bujin hickory, 12 years old
One tanto -- I made it just for fun, 6 years old
Fukuro shinai, one short one long - eight years old, tired
Iaito -- 10 years old, tired

I'm not worried about any of these breaking, except the fukuro shinai. My bokken is getting a bit ragged, and oddly enough after many years just warped a bit. I may replace it with another this year.

Paul

Erick Mead
01-27-2006, 05:05 PM
I have

(2) [matched pair] lignium vitae bokken, 8 years old

(1) anonymous hardwood "beater" bokken, unknown vintage

(2) [matched pair] machine-lathed pecan/hickory(?) jo about twelve years old

(1) one hand-shaped oak jo about 10 years old

(1) leather-wrapped shinai about 12 years old


I have never felt inadequately provided for.


"Now the assailant will attack me WITH --- a Banana!"

"What if he comes at us with pointed stick?"

"Shaddup!!"


Cordially,
Erick Mead

Karen Wolek
01-27-2006, 05:15 PM
Jorge,

But if my wife ever saw me spend a hundred bucks on a bokken, I think she'd shoot me or beat the poo outta me with it... thus, I'm fishing for justification to give in to tempation. :D Not really, but I do feel I need more than just one bokken.

...or do I ?

Tell her it's for the baby. <grin>

I have one fine set from Mugendo Budogu....one bokken, one jo, and one tanto. And Peter from MB picked up a small size bokken for my kids in Japan. That one is actually a better length for me since I'm such a shrimp. But I think my sensei thinks it's too light. Hmpf.

I want a purpleheart bokken. Cause they are purty.

Lan Powers
01-27-2006, 11:54 PM
Two Jo's one white oak from Sei Do Kai, one I turned out of Hickory
One Tanto red oak I think
one Bokken the mate from the Sei Do Kai set
Others come and go as gifts.......Even the Bujin one. (It was too big for me anyway)
:)
Lan

SeiserL
01-28-2006, 10:29 AM
IMHO, one never has too many practice (or actual) weapons.

Lan Powers
01-28-2006, 10:37 AM
IMHO, one never has too many practice (or actual) weapons.

A man after my own heart. (I usually say "guitars" though)
To each his/her own.
Regards
Lan

crbateman
01-28-2006, 11:49 AM
I have a room full, but only a few favorites that I actually take on the mat. Most (particularly the ironwood and macassar ebony pieces) are just for looks, because they would promptly smash most of the stuff the others were using. And not much sucks worse than splinters on the mat (or in the eyes). I enjoy making my own weapons, particularly out of beautiful exotic woods. It is a peaceful, calming process. My own way of Zen.

Mark Uttech
01-29-2006, 06:25 AM
I don't know if this means anything, but the only important thing to me was always to have back-up weapons.

rottunpunk
01-29-2006, 09:11 AM
i have...
-my iaito, for use with iai
-one shinai from when i did kendo (my spare went walkies somewhere inbetween housemoving)
-one suburi bokken my iai teacher made me
-one light cherry wood shorter baokken that was made as a christmas present from an iai freind
-one ni-ten bokken i got when my shoulder was at its worst and i couldnt lift my iaito
-one wooden tanto
-one jo staff
-and somewhere my bashy white oak bokken i left at a seminar-oopsy
:p

Matt Molloy
01-29-2006, 01:21 PM
Hmmmm.

One white oak jo.

One brown oak (I think) bokken (standard).

One Kodachi bokuto. (from doing the three Kodachi Kendo kata )

One Suburi bokken (ebony).

Two escrima sticks (basic rattan).

Retired are one bokken and jo (generic hardwood).

More than I thought but I still get the craving for more. One day....A Iaito!

Cheers,

Matt.

Don_Modesto
01-29-2006, 02:47 PM
This weekend, my seminar buki bag contains:

two naginata
one yari
one bo
two bokken
two shoto
two tanto
one jo
one iaito

Jesus!

Naginata? Yari? Bo?

What seminar are you at?

CatSienna
01-29-2006, 11:27 PM
none, but sometimes I practice with the mop or broom as a jo in my office when no one else is around :).

Simone
01-30-2006, 12:51 AM
I have
one cheap jo, two japanese oak jo
one cheap bokken, one with a funny colour
one cheap tanto and a long one (I was told the naginata people use it)
one metal tanto
and two tembo (spelling?; cut my old jo because one end was broken)

We do not do a lot of weapon training. But I also like to have back-up and I also know peaple who forget their set. I carry all weapons for big seminars, for our weekly we-may-need-weapons-or-not-training I carry one set (jo, bokken, tanto) normally.
I'd like to carve my own set of weapons (my father has some nice pieces of exotic wood) and I'd like to have an Iaito (even if I do not really know what to do with it...) one day.

Simone

Fred Little
01-30-2006, 02:23 PM
Jesus!

Naginata? Yari? Bo?

What seminar are you at?

Ellis Amdur was teaching an atemi and kenjutsu seminar at Toman Dojo (a truly splendid and meticulously maintained training facility in the gorgeous setting of Maryland's horse country).

So I just threw the "everything but the kitchen sink" Buko Ryu gear bag in the car and hoped to catch some instruction at chance moments.

My hopes were exceeded: lordy me oh my, do I have a lot of work to do.

FL

Nick Simpson
01-30-2006, 03:12 PM
I have 4 bokken: 3 From Kyoto in Japan. One Heavyish, two light. 1 Standard bokken.

1 Suburito Bokken given to me by my instructor.

1 Standard Jo (we call it the 'lovely jo')

2 Standard wooden Tanto.

1 Standard wooden Wakizashi.

1 Live Tanto.

1 Blunt Tanto.

1 Live Ken.

1 Live Wakizashi.

I only really use one bokken, jo and wooden tanto regularly. The workhorses :)

Michael O'Brien
02-01-2006, 06:28 PM
2 - Bokken
2 - Jo
1 - Bo

Other miscellaneous stuff left over from Tae Kwon Do, etc.

rtist
02-02-2006, 08:50 PM
I have far fewer than I'd like and far more than my wife thinks I should have.

Simbo
02-02-2006, 10:17 PM
I have far fewer than I'd like and far more than my wife thinks I should have.

Isn't that how most non-practictioners feel?

Dajo251
02-03-2006, 12:09 AM
I have my good bokken from kingfisher wood working.....its about 8 years old, sat idle for 4 or five but has taken a good beating, I love it....it is a beautiful piece as well.
I also have a ratan bow that I thought looked cool, I;ve never used it for anything but it is very pretty,
Also a single stander jo, nothing fancy
plus my didjurri do which I have been know to do jo kata with when I am real bored

Jerry Miller
02-03-2006, 12:43 AM
One jo, one bo and one bokken. You need more than one because if someone visits and does not bring theirs how can you practice your kumitachi and kumijo. :D

Carlos Rivera
02-03-2006, 09:41 AM
One Jo, one Bokken and One Tanto- sounds like a blues song. They're approx. 5 yrs. old, they were made by Bob's Bokken's (Phoenix, AZ) and are made of White Ash Hickory which has proven very sturdy. Not sure if he's still making them, but mine are good and have taken some banging up. Good care with linseed oil and an occcasional sanding will do the trick- although some olive oil will help too, just save some while you cook. You may want to get an extra Jo later to practice with a partner. And leave enough hints around the house indicating you'd want a nice Bokken for birthday, Christmas, Hannukah or whatever occasion. :cool:

Steven
02-03-2006, 04:37 PM
14

2 hands
2 elbows
2 shoulders
2 hips
2 knees
2 feet
1 head
1 brain

okay, take the bain out and it's 13

Lan Powers
02-04-2006, 10:29 AM
"THIS IS MY RIFLE, THIS IS MY GUN, ONE IS FOR FIGHTING....."

Ducking and covering
scuttles off
heehee
Lan

Jerry Miller
02-05-2006, 02:20 AM
"THIS IS MY RIFLE, THIS IS MY GUN, ONE IS FOR FIGHTING....."

Ducking and covering
scuttles off
heehee
Lan

So tell me, outside of aikido just what do you guys do for fun in Midland. :D

Chuck.Gordon
02-05-2006, 09:26 AM
None.

Between Emily and I, however, we have several bokuto (incl. moku-shoto and moku-tanto), jo, bo, moku-naginata, iaito and a few shinken; as well as a few misc. small arms (tessen, etc).

No practice weapons. All definitely capable of doing damage ... Emily used to use one red-oak bokuto to kill (several) opossum on a ranch in central Texas. She saved the machete for snakes.

Lan Powers
02-05-2006, 11:53 AM
So tell me, outside of aikido just what do you guys do for fun in Midland. :D


Kind of a back-water...not too many things to enjoy way out here. That said, I have to admit that I train as much as I do as a result of that. Good thing, that we hava a great Sensei who happened to live right here.

I travelled for a while up to Lubbock to train with the Texas Tech fencing club. (2 hour drive, each way), so I would still train in aikido
even if I had to travel to do it.
So in a nutshell, to answer your question....training, and travel to train.
sigh ..... :confused: you do what you can.
Lan