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Old 07-05-2002, 02:05 PM   #19
Dojo: Yorkville Aikido
Location: IL
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 17
Re: Further advices regarding Bokken, anyone?

[quote]Originally posted by Daniel Brandt
[b]Hi there!

I have read some eralier prostings regarding the weight and design of Bokken and Jo and though it seems to have been discussed frequently I still feel I could need some further advice...

I have just bought my first Bokken (itīs still enclosed in itīs plastic cover!), but as I brought it with me to todays training (no weapontraning today) several who tested my new Bokken found that it was not heavy enough. As I asked my Sensei he said the same, although he ment that a not so heavy Bokken is okey to start with - but they all also said that itīs a matter of taste, so this is my problem: I donīt really know my taste regarding Bokkens yet.

The one i bought was a mid-price Bokken in white oak. I choose it because I liked the balance in it (uh well... It feels good to hold anyway) althogh the shop also had a cheeper one (and this is quite confusing!) in red oak that was both heavier and had a bigger handle. I thought it felt more like a sword of a Viking rather than a Bokken, so I choose the prior one.

Well, what I really would like to ask before I return to the shop to test out the other Bokkens again is:

1) Is a white oak Bokken better (stronger etc.) than red oak one?

2) Is it better to start with a heavier Bokken or do I risk to learn the movements wrong?

I would only use a heavy bokken(suburi) for practicing sword cuts that strengthen the wrist. I have a few bokkens and I have seen other types of wood bokkens that my friends have. You should check out the wood for weapons training article: James Goedkoop did an extensive test on the shock strength of different woods and their failure points. I found out that not all white oaks and not all hickories are the same or any wood for that matter. You can also contact Brad Goedkoop at Kingfisher woodworks. He, like his dad knows a bit about different woods also. Good luck.
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