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Old 12-25-2010, 05:19 AM   #1
Dojo: Aikido Circle-Clacton
Location: Clacton
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 17
United Kingdom

Merry Christmas Aikidoka!

I have a small query for you all. Do you train with a wakizashi?

Unfortunately my club does not at the moment. I know that we will be taught a new weapon which I think is the Hanbo but no short sword.
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Old 12-26-2010, 02:01 AM   #2
Alexander Lee
Dojo: Winchester Tomiki Aikido Club
Location: Winchester, UK
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 11
United Kingdom
Re: Wakizashi?

If Im not mistaken the usage of the wakizashi tends to be more of a kenjutsu/kendo thing rather than Aikido but there must be some Aiki techniques for using the wakizashi (kneeling perhaps?)
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:36 AM   #3
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Dojo: Milwaukee Aikikai
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 401
Re: Wakizashi?

Saotome Sensei has some two-sword kumitachi that use the wakizashi. It'd be cool to learn them eventually, but my ASU dojo is former USAF, so it's not very deep into Saotome's weapons tradition.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:09 PM   #4
Location: Lisbon
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 5
Re: Wakizashi?

At my dojo we don't use Wakizashi, but we know it, we've already made one practise long time ago with it.
Nowadays, we only mention it when doing some variations of Kote Gaeshi, because we do it like if we were pulling out one of those
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:20 PM   #5
Fred Little
Dojo: NJIT Budokai
Location: State Line NJ/NY
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 632
Re: Wakizashi?

The late Yamaguchi Sensei sometimes did paired practice with wakizashi; but what I've seen of that (video of Yamaguchi, practice in a couple of dojo in that line here in the States) was less paired sword practice than aikido taijutsu with a little something extra that made a number of openings much more apparent when done mindfully.


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Old 05-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
Dave de Vos
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Dojo: Shoryukai, Breda (aikikai) & Aiki-Budocentrum Breda (yoseikan)
Location: Baarle-Nassau
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 348
Re: Wakizashi?

We have used it in one lesson in the past year for a weapons practise class that looked a bit like Niten Ichi Ryu practise, I think.

The teacher and some students had a wakazashi, and the others (including me) used a tanto as a stand in.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:58 PM   #7
Dojo: Aikido Kenkyukai International
Location: Ambler, Pennsylvania
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 232
Re: Wakizashi?

Fred Little wrote: View Post
.... less paired sword practice than aikido taijutsu with a little something extra that made a number of openings much more apparent when done mindfully.

Hello Fred, I wonder if this type of practice is what you're referring to:


Takeda Sensei is a student of the late Yamaguchi Sensei.
In an attempt to place this clip in context, this is five minutes of one keiko. In this case, the shoto is being used to explore and experiment with connection, extension, intention.

(Clearly it is not, nor is it meant to be some kind of blade fighting or defense. It may look weird to watch, but is interesting and fun to feel and practice.)

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Old 05-29-2011, 05:09 AM   #8
Amir Krause
Dojo: Shirokan Dojo / Tel Aviv Israel
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 688
Re: Wakizashi?

We have several Wakizashi kata in Korindo, and practice this weapon at the advanced levels (after shodan and depending on sufficient number of students etc.).

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