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Old 08-26-2000, 03:06 PM   #18
Location: Miami, FL
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 453
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I've found weapons training to be essential in developing proper timing and spacing (maai). Also, training with weapons reminds me of the roots of aikido dating back to feudal Japan. Also, for self-defense purposes, weapons encountered in real life may resemble a bokken, jo, or tanto. Therefore, weapons training is important for confidence as well as improving our sense for distancing and timing.

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