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Old 11-15-2005, 08:50 AM   #1
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Freaky! Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Hi All,


I have been training in Aikido for about four years, and shortly after i started out, i began sleeping with my Bokken, i haven't ever really talked about it until now.

But also for some reason, i have this feeling that i might not be the only one.

Anyone else? any thoughts ?


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Old 11-15-2005, 09:08 AM   #2
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Sensei said if I waxed my bokken whilst in bed with it I'd go blind, so I don't do that anymore - anyway, it's much easier to spoon with a tanto.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:27 AM   #3
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Otto, never give these guys the type of opening afforded by saying you sleep with anything, it makes it too easy for them.

I used to keep my old bokken down the side of my bed, but when i got my live blades and a display stand for them, i found the only place was ontop of my dresser which for the record is right next to my bed, easy access for me to fend off the nasties (and to keep my girlfriend in check )

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Old 11-15-2005, 10:08 AM   #4
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

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Otto, never give these guys the type of opening afforded by saying you sleep with anything, it makes it too easy for them.

I used to keep my old bokken down the side of my bed, but when i got my live blades and a display stand for them, i found the only place was ontop of my dresser which for the record is right next to my bed, easy access for me to fend off the nasties (and to keep my girlfriend in check )
Wow, and I thought that I was the only one! I also keep my katana right beside my bed. It's very low quality (I bought it at a flea market), but it's good enough to cut somebody down once if need be. I think that if I ever actually unsheathed it in the presence of an intruder, they'd probably hurt themselves running out of the house.

I've never actually slept with my sword, but I keep it close at hand.

On MY side of the bed.

I love my wife very much, but I have to be ready for any contingency.

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Old 11-15-2005, 11:09 AM   #5
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Once while driving across Canada I did sleep in a seedy hotel with my swiss army knife under my pillow. Does that count ?

And on another occasion my wife has sent me out to search for a "burglar", and my jo was handy.

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Old 11-15-2005, 11:24 AM   #6
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Why did your wife WANT a burglar? I guess it gets really cold in Calgary.

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Old 11-15-2005, 01:47 PM   #7
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

How many people have a high-celinged bedroom? If you do not, maybe you should sleep with a wooden short sword. Also having a contact distance weapon for home defense is probably exactly as effective as it sounds.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:58 PM   #8
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

You know, a jo leanig in the corner by the bedroom door is probably going to be just as efective as any bokken would be... and not quite as obvious as a wooden sword.

Just my 2 cents.


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Old 11-15-2005, 04:36 PM   #9
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Been known to keep my .357 on the headboard (narrow shelf there)
Gotta new bed, so now under the mattress is as close as it comes to hand.
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Old 11-15-2005, 06:16 PM   #10
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Nope:
1 tomahawk,1 tanto, a shilealeagh, 2 dogs, my wife,and my stuffed bear that my 2 year old gave me.
2 jos and 2 bokken in the corner, a pair of short wooden swords, a baseball bat.
" and if that doesn't work I p___ on them "
what was that quote from?

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Old 11-15-2005, 08:02 PM   #11
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

who needs a bokken???
HAVE YOU MET MY DAUGHTER?????
okies ... so no .... I havent as yet ... but hey .... thats cuz sensei removes anything possibly weapon like from me before leaving the dojo ..... if he had the abilty .. I think hed remove my thumbs too!

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Old 11-15-2005, 09:47 PM   #12
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Y'know, sleeping with a bokken sounds mighty uncomfortable...

I keep an ice axe and an ice tool in my hall closet. Both are sharp enough to bang holes in ice. I've also got crampons and ice screws. Does that count?
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Old 11-16-2005, 02:36 AM   #13
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

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Otto, never give these guys the type of opening afforded by saying you sleep with anything, it makes it too easy for them
and yet another humour thread heads dirtside (but thanks to Emma et al for bringing it back on track), ribald schoolboy jokes, poor puns etc. are nothing in the face of a martial artists ability to see a serious side to any situation... - Jun, any chance of making the humour section come up in a different colour, just for emphasis
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Old 11-16-2005, 02:46 AM   #14
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

I prefer to sleep with cheap and easy women.
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Old 11-16-2005, 06:41 AM   #15
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

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Benjamin Edelen wrote:
How many people have a high-celinged bedroom? If you do not, maybe you should sleep with a wooden short sword.
Done, and done I have a shokuto next to my bed...

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Old 11-16-2005, 10:40 AM   #16
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

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Done, and done I have a shokuto next to my bed...
I have one in the spare bedroom! You guys are making me feel so much less wierd! Thank you all so much!!

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Old 11-16-2005, 02:50 PM   #17
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feeling normal again

I knew i wasn't the only one,

thanks guys!


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Old 11-17-2005, 12:45 AM   #18
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Well...I do have swords in my room, but as for an intruder....You can have alll the blades you want, I'll keep my 9mm lets see who wins. lol

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Old 11-17-2005, 12:48 AM   #19
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Once again it nv fails to crack me up .. WAHAHAHAHA... Ok serious stuff, haf u heard of the guy who slept with his bokken and woke up the next morning finding his ... missing.. ok sorry thats another story.
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Old 11-17-2005, 06:29 AM   #20
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

I slept with it once when I just bought it, unfortunatly, in the middle of the night my cat began using it as a scratching post, so now it's safely stored in my closet.

Thanks for coming forward Otto. Now we know better then to enter your room at night.

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Old 11-17-2005, 07:12 AM   #21
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Good morning guys,

you know on a more serious note,

i often wonder why i do it, because now its just a habit.
i think about it each time before bokken class, i reach into the bed for my bokken, and not to the weapons rack.

I don't even think its nessesarily about defense or self protection, (or maybe deep down inside it is)

but i remember old storeys of warriors who whould never be without their ken. And during a time where the warrior class was prohibited from carrying their ken, they switched to bokken, worn symbolically (although like musashi one could just as well bludgeon his apponent to death as cut him ).

While i have switched back and forth between bokken and jo as my favourite weapon, now come to think of it, I think the ken will always be my favourite. I think that skillwise i am at about the same for both, but in the end i sleep with my bokken.


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Old 11-17-2005, 07:18 AM   #22
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

otto, doesn't your jo get jealous of you sleeping with the bokken all the time?

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Old 11-17-2005, 08:14 AM   #23
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

Steve, a valid point, but the real problems come as they get older and you revert to childhood problems, yes I'm talking about that most taboo of all subjects - whittling in bed.

We at the "keep sharp things away from the old folk" insulting centre are often inundated by letters from relatives and partners of chronic whittlers begging us to help. We advise that all wooden weapon spooners (wws) should be weaned off their weapons gradually, until finally even the most ardent wws will be quite content with a lollipop stick - be warned, do not use the commercially available "woodern substitutes", every year no less that 0.9 people in Lower Beefstock are hideously scratched by canvas tanto, a statistic no one should be proud of.
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Old 11-17-2005, 09:03 AM   #24
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Splinters, anyone???
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Old 11-17-2005, 09:14 AM   #25
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Re: Do you sleep with your Bokken?

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Splinters, anyone???
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Now that is truly disturbing

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