Aikido Bokken Talk
How to choose a good Aikido bokken to start your training
The Aikido bokken and the Jo are two sticks that will help you with your Aikido training.
I get this question a lot from both beginner and intermediate students. I just want to inform you that we have a new page about the Aikido Bokken.
In this page, I will share with you what to look for when buying a bokken.
What is an Aikido Bokken?
A bokken is a tool or instrument that the Aikidoka uses to practice Aiki Ken or Sword curriculum of Aikido.
In Aikido training, we use a wooden (Boku) sword (Ken) for safety reasons.
Without further delay, here is the Aikido Bokken Page. Please have a read and let me know what you think.
Topics I covered on this page:
- The correct terminology (boken, bokken, or bokuto)
- Why use a wooden sword when practising Aikido?
- My Aikido Bokken collection
- The type of wood for your bokken
- What you need to look out for when you are physically inspecting a bokken
- What is the ideal weight?
- How much should I spend on it?
- Which one should I get if I am just starting Aikido?
- Bokken and Bukiwaza
- Ken Suburi
- Kumi Tachi
- Ki No Musubi No Tachi
- Tachi Dori
- Ken Tai Jo
If you know how to use an Aikido bokken, you can grab a stick (e.g. broomstick or mop stick) or a long object and apply the same (ken) techniques for self-defence.
Knowing how to use a ken greatly changes and improves your Aikido. You will understand ‘riai’ the relationship between weaponry and the body. The best effect of bukiwaza on me is it eliminated and controlled my ‘flinge’ reflex.
If you do manage to acquire an Aikido bokken, please use it and practice every day. Practice the Ken Suburi every day if possible.