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.
Introducing our new Blog
By Jordy Delage
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.