Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Weapons

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-21-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
aikidoka_t
Dojo: none currently
Location: Digby, Nova Scotia
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1
Canada
Offline
Question looking for feedback

Greetings,

I have been for a long time, a silent viewer of these forums. I frequented the site, greatly enjoying the doka of the day as well as the pictures and discussions. I decided its high time I began participating more actively.

I studied Aikido for two years before I was forced to move far from any dojo. To this day I still practice what I know daily, and attempt to learn more through books and video. Needless to say it is nothing in comparison to what I could learn from a sensei.

Now to my point, before I studied Aikido I studied Kendo and Iaijutsu. Thus when I discovered the bokken work in Aikido the first time I was quite excited. I must say I liked it much better then Kendo, which focused a bit too much on formally striking certain points in certain ways, and found that Aikido allowed me to get a better "feel" for the weapon and its use.

I'd simply like to know what other peoples opinions on the weapons training with a bokken in Aikido, vs arts like iaijutsu or kendo.

Thanks for you time, and I greatly look forward to participating in more discussions here.

Peace,
Whitney Titus
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2005, 09:27 PM   #2
aikido_diver
Location: Brisbane
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 35
Australia
Offline
Re: looking for feedback

I don't know too much about weapons, however one of my sensei studied Iaido, and to my understanding it reinforces what Aikido teaches. There may some differences, but what is the harm in adding to ones knowledge? I plan to take up Iaido, this is due to the fact that I want to get an understanding of the sword itself, and understand its value. I also want to explore the ideas of cutting and the realism in cutting.

Thats just my opinion and again I am not anyone special, thats just my feeling. I attend regular weapons classes, with the sensei who had studied Iaido. I find he has a greater understanding of sword, as we practice drawing the bokken, and returning it to our side, which unfortunately I have not come across in other trainings.

Just my opinion, cheers.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2005, 02:48 AM   #3
Tim Griffiths
Dojo: Nes Ziona Aikikai
Location: Suzhou, China
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 188
China
Offline
Re: looking for feedback

First off, your mileage may vary, as different styles and different sensei have a wide range of experiences with weapons. For example, weapons are barely taught at all in Aikikai Hombo dojo now (although I understand its improved recently), so people who've trained there may have had little exposure to them. Saotome-sensei, who's developed an extensive range of exercises and katas, notes at the beginning of his tapes that he has no formal weapons training, but that it comes from picking up a bokken and applying the philosophy of aikido to it. Others have had some formal training in a kenjitsu style, such as Kashima Shinto Ruy, Yagyu-ryu or such. Many Japanese sensei will have had little contact with a sword apart from doing Kendo in school, and their footwork can be influenced from that. Probably everyone will disagree with part of the below:

Aiki-ken (a general term for the kind of bokken work in aikido) really isn't designed for or intended as a sword fighting system. Its aim rather is to emphasis and help you train in the principles of aikido bodywork, particularly correct distancing, timing, footwork and keeping control of a line of attack. This it does very well. What gets people from kenjitsu ryu's (or western fencers) moaning in pain is that there's almost no training in the elegant details of the technique. No feints, no real strategy, no good understanding of the purpose of the kata, no disarming techniques, little changing of grip - even the best way to cut is hotly debated over by people who've never cut anything with a sword in their life.

There's a good reason for this - the best way to make a sword cut through something isn't with a relaxed swing along the natural arc of the arms (of course, a 'good' sword swing should be relaxed, but you have to add power at the right point, co-ordinate the hands corectly and the arm is not the same as if you raised your hands and jst dropped them). But that's fine for aiki-ken, as we don't really care about cutting though something with a sword, but in developing an awareness of relaxed natural body movement. You do develop a good 'feel' for the weapon, just maybe its not the feel that a knejitsu teacher would want you to have.

Training by yourself is always tricky, especially with weapons, as what you're doing and what you think you're doing can be very different, especially when you don't know what you're doing! One thing that can help is to record yourself, and try to analyse what's making it look so bad afterwards.
Purists might suggest not training in weapons until you find another dojo, so you don't pick up bad habits, but with the nearest dojo I could find being in Halifax, I guess that's not going to happen soon.

(As a aside, while looking for dojo's I loved the name Swirling Eddy Tai Chi in Halifax. I have this mental picture of phoning them up and hearing "Hello, Swirling Eddy Tai Chi - Swirling Eddy speaking, how can I help you?")

Train well,

Tim

If one makes a distinction between the dojo and the battlefield, or being in your bedroom or in public, then when the time comes there will be no opportunity to make amends. (Hagakure)
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2005, 06:07 AM   #4
ian
 
ian's Avatar
Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,654
Offline
Re: looking for feedback

John Stevens has a great book on Tesshu (Master Swordsman or something like that). His students had to do just the basic cut for 3 years before any other training. I feel for aikido the basic sword cut (and moving off centre line) is the most important motion you can train your body in and just doing this every day for 2-3 years would be worth many many aikido courses.

I always get beginners to do simple bokken work ASAP as it produces an enormous improvement in ability.

---understanding aikido is understanding the training method---
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2005, 09:30 AM   #5
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,715
United_States
Offline
Re: looking for feedback

Quote:
Whitney Titus wrote:
I'd simply like to know what other peoples opinions on the weapons training with a bokken in Aikido, vs arts like iaijutsu or kendo.
IMHO, since Aikido comes from sword arts, I like to compliment my training with iaido, iajutsu, and kenjutsu.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2005, 02:02 PM   #6
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,218
Offline
Re: looking for feedback

Bill Witt sensei practiced the seven suburi bokken taught by Morihiro Saito for two years and then was able to absorb into partner practice easily.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2005, 11:54 PM   #7
dyffcult
Location: Visalia, California
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 105
United_States
Offline
Re: looking for feedback

I would suggest buying every video or DVD available that features Morihiro Saito on the Ken and Jo. He emphasized weapons training in aikido based upon his belief of the Founder's teachings. A number of items are available on the Aikido Journal website. An astounding number are available on EBay.

Saito sensei was the longest diciple of O'Sensei and was one of his last remaining students at O'Sensei's death. At Iwama, prior to his death, O'Sensei frequently emphasized the connection between weapons training and open-handed training.

I was a student of Saito sensei, so may be a bit biased. However, we did weapons training every day, so it was obviously a large part of our regime.

Brenda
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Aikido DVDs and Video Downloads - by George Ledyard Sensei & other great teachers from AikidoDVDS.Com



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:23 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate