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Old 02-07-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
Chris McMahon
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Preference?

I just had a question for everyone out of curiosity.

Bokken or jo: which do you prefer, and why?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:32 PM   #2
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Re: Preference?

Jo.

Reason: Preciously attended some lessons on Mu-so Shin-do Ryu jodo and am impressed with Jo's potential, but I suspect I would also say the same for bokken if I ever had the opportunity to take some koryu kenjutsu lessons.

Another reason is bokken is a replica of a shinken, so learning bokken is always a substitute of learning shinken; whereas learning jo means learning jo, i.e., it is not a substitution/replica. I hope I make sense.

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Old 02-07-2006, 09:43 PM   #3
Michael O'Brien
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Re: Preference?

I enjoy both a lot but if I had to pick only one I would go with the jo. When I was studying Tae Kwon Do I did a lot of training with the katana so the jo is something different for me to work with.

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Old 02-07-2006, 11:33 PM   #4
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Re: Preference?

Prefer for what? I would say that in general I prefer a carbine, but that is just me.
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Old 02-08-2006, 06:42 AM   #5
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Re: Preference?

bokken. but aikiken annoys me from having done koryu iai.
apparently im good scary (as opposed to moad scary) when using jo, but i still cant tsuke (i dont think).
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:50 AM   #6
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Re: Preference?

Quote:
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bokken. but aikiken annoys me from having done koryu iai.
Agreed but from the point of view of Kendo rather than Iai.

I always think that Jo would have so many possibilities but when all is said and done, I like the bokken more.

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Old 02-08-2006, 10:52 AM   #7
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Re: Preference?

bo and jo. I like being able to use both ends and all sides, instead of just the edge and point.

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Old 02-15-2006, 07:43 AM   #8
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Re: Preference?

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bo and jo. I like being able to use both ends and all sides, instead of just the edge and point.
-LK
That's my viewpoint as well.
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:57 AM   #9
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Re: Preference?

Ken. Aikido comes from ken-jutsu. Training helps me see that.

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Old 02-15-2006, 08:10 AM   #10
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Bokken/Ken. All the way.

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:46 AM   #11
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I prefer bokken and shinken. I just love practicing sword and just plain obsessed with Japanese swords in general.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:00 AM   #12
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Re: Preference?

I like working with the jo. If I'm in a life threatening situation (outside my house), I'm not likely to find a sword available, so training with my jo makes my broomstick waza more formidable.

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Old 02-15-2006, 11:48 AM   #13
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Definitely jo. I love the fluidity of it. And it's an added bonus that you can throw people with your jo, and you can also throw them with their jo (always good for a startled moment).

We have more instruction on "how aikido is like the ken" than "how aikido is like the jo" but I've seen compelling demonstrations of both.

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Old 02-15-2006, 03:04 PM   #14
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Re: Preference?

i really like both....this question is like asking which child I would rather kill

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Old 02-15-2006, 08:49 PM   #15
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Re: Preference?

which begs me to ask, which child would you kill?

i prefer the jo, since i suck with the ken. of course, i suck with the jo, too. i'd prefer a jo that had a shakuhachi built into it.

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:11 PM   #16
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Re: Preference?

I think this is a potential good question for the next aikiweb poll...

Boon.

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:44 PM   #17
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Re: Preference?

Bokken.

I just have an affinity for swords, wooden or otherwise...that's all, really.

Cheers!
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Old 02-16-2006, 09:41 AM   #18
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Quote:
Xu Wenfung wrote:
I think this is a potential good question for the next aikiweb poll...
"Which weapon do you prefer during aikido weapons practice?" - 11/11/2000
http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=32

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Old 02-16-2006, 02:32 PM   #19
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Re: Preference?

I prefer jo. To me it just seems much more versatile.

For the most part there is only one way to hold a bokken. A jo can be held several ways and you also don't have to be as careful. But i do love bokkens too.
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