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Old 03-05-2006, 09:29 PM   #1
Dojo: Concordia Dojo
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bokken style

I am new to aikido and I was wondering if there is any signifigance to the different sytles of bokken, colour, tip, length. I imagine that the different thicknessess and lengths are purley personal preference, however, is there any deeper meaning to the colour of the bokken? I do not want to show up at my dojo and offend or assume anything. Perhaps this questions mearly exposes my immaturity in aikido

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Old 03-05-2006, 11:49 PM   #2
Jory Boling
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Dojo: A.K.I.,Misakikai Dojo
Location: Yokosuka, Japan
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Re: bokken style

this in no way helps answer your question, but


is a link to pictures of various style bokken. otherwise, i'm no help. sorry!

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Old 03-06-2006, 04:29 AM   #3
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
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Re: bokken style

No bokken would be offensive, the different types are just favoured by certain different styles and schools, eg the yagyu bokken, the twin niten bokken. For the majority, thickness and length is a personal prefference, although the very heavy suburito bokken are mainly for improving your suburi and making sure that your technique is correct and not too strength orientated. Or so I believe.

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Old 03-06-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
Dojo: koteikan aikido centre
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Re: bokken style

best thing to do would be to buy one through the club if they do that.

otherwise just a standard white oak should be fine.

i wouldnt go for a niten unless you are doing partner work with someone else who has a niten bokken as they are thinner and chunky bokto bash dents into them. though they are grand for lone work as they are more sword shaped.

get a nice tough wood. and avoid suburi bokto as they are too big.

ninecircles offer a good range too.
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:08 AM   #5
Jorge Garcia
Dojo: Shudokan School of Aikido
Location: Houston
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Re: bokken style

Larry Reynosa has a nice tape explaining the Bascs of the Bokken that I think is helpful. He shows all the different kinds and makes some good recommendations. It was sold before through his dojo Makoto dojo in Ventura. I don't know about now.

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