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Old 09-03-2005, 02:18 AM   #26
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Dojo: Aikido of San Leandro
Location: Oakland, Ca
Join Date: Feb 2005
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Re: Choice of Bokken

Sorry to feul and old fire, but I've been thinking (decided on a change of pace) and I think we may touch our backs with the bokken because it improves kokyu...C'est possible, non?

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Old 10-05-2005, 10:34 PM   #27
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Dojo: Agatsu Aikido de Montréal
Location: Montréal
Join Date: Oct 2005
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Re: Choice of Bokken

I recently bought an Iwama-Ryu bokken and honestly (read sadly....) I nearly wasted my money. I love the looks of it (bought from Tozando, japanese white oak, superb), but HELL it is heavy... I now use it as a suburi bokken for solo practice, it is too slow for paired practice and after an hour ½ class, it's getting annoying to always have to use strenght to stop its inertia.

As someone said before, the best choice is to follow your aikido style weapon's preference. And be careful before buying weapons without feeling them before...


"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
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Old 10-06-2005, 05:38 AM   #28
Location: Edinburgh
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 117
Re: Choice of Bokken

If you have an iwama Bokken but dont practice Iwama Aikido then it probably is a waste of money for you as you dont know how to use it properly. id advise you to seek out someone who teach's Iwama ken and jo. as for it being used as a tanren bokken there not heavy enough unless you get a good proper tanren bokken.
im guessing you come from a school that uses the light machine made aikikai style bokkens these are used to replecated the the katana and you cut with these bokkens, this is not how the founder apperently taught weapons in Iwama, instead the bokken is used as a striking weapon. your feeling should be striking not cutting, the bokken is there to make the body strong. But please find an iwama teacher to show you how its properly used.
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