History of Japanese Bokken & interview with master Nidome Yoshiaki


History of the Japanese Bokken & interview with master Nidome Yoshiaki

An encounter in the mountains of Kyushu: Between the art and its craftsman


The Bokken, wooden imitation of the famous Katana, is almost as old as the latter. Its poor quality in the beginning made it a “consumable item” which could easily be replaced if broken. The Bokken’s quality improved gradually over time but it was not until the early 20th century, with the birth of the workshop in Miyakonojo (Kyushu) that the Bokken, the wooden sword, became a piece of art. At this workshop the ancient art of woodworking met the traditional martial arts, both of them sharing common values.


Master Nidome Yoshiaki - Tanto : Fabrication of the Kissaki

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Bokken – Different Types and Shapes of Japanese Wooden Swords

The different types of Bokken

A visit at the Horinouchi workshop


The Bokken is a tool. It can either faithfully represent a sword, be used for muscle training or, if it is very light, become an instrument in order to work on precision. Some schools even consider the Bokken as weapon itself and study it as such. In Aikido, Kendo or Iaido, relatively conventional Bokken are used, compared to some schools of Kenjutsu, Koryu and Kobudo, for which specific weapons are chosen, especially to support the physical development and the specific techniques of the school.
Since 1923, the Horinouchi workshop takes pride in keeping a copy of every manufactured weapon. Even though the exact number of the available models is unclear, there are certainly over a hundred types displayed in the small private museum of the workshop.


Horinouchi's Workshop

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Introducing our new Blog – By Jordy Delage

Introducing our new Blog

By Jordy Delage


Hi everybody,

My name is Jordy Delage, I’m the founder of Seido and I’d like to introduce you to our new blog today.

As Aikido equipment specialists and Aikidoists, we – the Seido staff – have acquired some knowledge and skills overtime, and I thought it was time to start sharing.

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Jordy Delage June 8, 2015 Post Comment Latest News, Seido
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