in response to a post by Peter Goldsbury in another thread where he states that a group of beginners in his dojo are about to take their 5th kyu but have not been allowed to handle the weapons yet.
at my dojo, bukiwasa is as standard a part of the training as taijitsu, both are given equal training time per day and weapons are also considered an important part of the grading curriculum. beginners are required to do repeated saburi until sensei is satisfied they know the techniques and are then allowed to join the partner practice.
what emphasis does your (in the general sense) dojo blace on bukiwasa?
do you see it inseperable from tai jitsu?
i train this way, but i take it as given and get bored training so much weapons. but i do think they have added greatly to all aspects of my aikido training.