Thread: First Bokken
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Old 05-18-2004, 11:34 AM   #5
Bronson
 
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Re: First Bokken

Hey Jeff,

A couple of questions:
  • Does your dojo do weapon-to-weapon contact or only solo kata?
  • How long have you been practicing?

If their is contact with other weapons then I would definitely go with one of the higher end options. I have one from Kingfisher (George posted a link) and it is very nice with a near indestructible tsuba. However if you only do solo kata I don't see the need to go to that expense. Which brings me to the second point. Many times I've seen new folks get some really nice gear only to leave after 3-6 months. If you're really new I'd go with the least expensive bokken that will allow you to safely practice in your dojo. If you've been at it a while and think you want to stay with it then get yourself a nicer one.

Bronson

p.s. Get the tsuba. If you don't need it you can take it off.

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