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Aikido weapons

Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969) advocated unarmed combat. However, he still understood the wisdom of being skilled in the use of weapons. Ueshiba was unique in his ability to manipulate Ki force, and he realized that proper training in using Aikido weapons will allow you extend your Ki power even further.

Aikido training incorporates a strong weapons foundation and any training with Aikido weapons will simply enhance the basic techniques of the martial art. The circular motions of sword strikes share the same fundamental moves as many open handed Aikido techniques.

Consistent with its focus on defence over offense, Aikido weapons training does not concentrate on teaching students the way to attack with particular weapons, but on how to protect themselves in the event of being assaulted by someone carrying one.

Aikido weapons training ordinarily consists of learning the traditional Japanese weapons of the bokken sword, jo staff and tanto knife. These three serve as the primary Aikido weapons being taught today, and have been included in Aikido weapons training since it was founded in the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba.

The Bokken sword is basically a wooden version of the Katana and is used primarily for the practice of aikido sword techniques (aka aiki-ken). Nonetheless, do not underestimate what a good Bokken can do in the hands of a well trained user. The bokken sword is considerably more than a practice sword and is to be considered a weapon in it’s own right.
jo staff
Known as "The Wooden Staff of Japan" the Jo staff is usually created from hardwood and is cylindrical or octagonal in shape with a length ranging from 50" to 56" and a diameter of about 1".

The Jo staff is used alone in kata or paired with other Jo in practice sessions and has historical links with the Japanese katana. Staves are preferred by many martial artists above all other weapons due to their elegance, simplicity and speed.
Bo The bō (棒: ぼう) or is a Japanese long staff weapon which is typically around 6 ft (1.8 m) long, used in Japanese martial arts, in particular bōjutsu.
The Tanto is a wooden knife used for training. The length of the blade is around 13 inches (33 centimeters). A live Tanto knife is a powerful weapon, therefore wooden versions are used for training.
The hanbo is an extremely practical and versatile martial arts weapon. This three-foot long staff is the perfect size to be used as a self-defence weapon in today's urban environment. Any medium-sized, stick-like object, such as a cane, umbrella, or golf club, can be used as a hanbo, making it an unobtrusive as well as a practical weapon.
Ko Tanjo The Ko Tanjo is a short stick easily concealed in the palm of the hand. It is used for striking and for amplifying Aikido joint lock techniques. "Kubotan" is a popular brand of Ko Tanjo.
Kwaiken The Kwaiken is a Tanto with a short handle and a relatively long blade. It has its origins in ancient feudal Japan where it was often carried by men and ladies of the nobility and the Samurai class.