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A bokken (木剣, bok(u), "wood", and ken, "sword"), is a wooden Japanese sword used for training, usually the size and shape of a katana, but sometimes shaped like other swords. Other common shapes are wakizashi and tantō. They are also known as bokutō (木刀, "wooden sword"), which is also the usual term in Japan. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (927x436, 89 KB) This is a daisho set of hickory bokuto I have recently purchased I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (927x436, 89 KB) This is a daisho set of hickory bokuto I have recently purchased I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Trunks A tree trunk as found at the Veluwe, The Netherlands Wood is a solid material derived from woody plants, notably trees but also shrubs. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Two Tantō tantō blade hidden in a fan-shaped mounting A Tantō (短刀) is a Japanese knife or dagger with a blade length of about 15 - 30 cm (6 - 12). There is a disputed saying about the tantō, wakizashi, and katana stating they are The Tantō differs from the others as...


These should not be confused with shinai, the bamboo sword used in kendo. A Shinai made from Bamboo A shinai (Japanese: ) is a practice weapon used primarily in Kendo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Usage

A bokken is used as an inexpensive and relatively safe substitute for a real sword, in training for several martial arts. Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...


In 2003, the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) introduced a type of practice using bokken. Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho is a set of basic exercises using a bokuto. This form of practice, is intended primarily for kendoka up to ni-dan (2), but is very useful for all kendo students. The All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) or Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei was founded in 1952. ...


Bokken are also used in the AJKF Nihon kendo kata. Another form of training to develop technically correct movements. Kata (åž‹ or å½¢) (literally: form) is a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. ...


Suburito are bokken designed for use in suburi. Suburi, literally "bare cutting," are solo cutting exercises. Suburito are thicker and heavier than normal bokken and users of suburito have to develop both strength and technique. Their weight makes them unsuitable for paired practice or kata. Suburi are repetitive, individual, cutting exercises, which are often used in kendo, iaido, and kenjutsu. ...


History

Historically, bokken are as old as Japanese swords, and were used for the training of warriors. Miyamoto Musashi, a kenjutsu master, was renowned for fighting fully armed foes with only one or two bokken. In a famous legend, he defeated Sasaki Kojiro with a bokken he had carved from an oar while traveling on a boat to the predetermined island for the duel. It has been suggested that Timeline of Miyamoto Musashis life be merged into this article or section. ... Kenjutsu ), meaning the craft, art, or science of the sword, is a Japanese martial art that uses a specific methodology to teach the use of the katana (Japanese sword). ... Sasaki Kojirō (佐々木 小次郎, (also known as Ganryu Kojiro) died April 14, 1612) was a prominent Japanese swordsman, born in the Fukui Prefecture, from the Sengoku and early Edo period. ... An oar is an implement used for water-borne propulsion. ...


Types of bokken

The following list is the basic styles of bokken made:

  1. daitō or tachi (katana-sized), long sword;
  2. shoto or kodachi or wakizashi bo, short sword, (wakizashi-sized);
  3. tanto bo (tantō-sized); and
  4. suburito can be made in daito and shoto sizes but are meant for solo training. They are much heavier and harder to use, developing greater muscles, increasing skills with 'normal' sized bokken. One famous user of suburi sized bokken is Miyamoto Musashi who used one in his duel against Sasaki Kojiro.

Bokken can also be made in any style of weapon required such as nagamaki, no-dachi, yari, naginata, kama, etc. The few examples above are the most widely-used. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Two Tantō tantō blade hidden in a fan-shaped mounting A Tantō (短刀) is a Japanese knife or dagger with a blade length of about 15 - 30 cm (6 - 12). There is a disputed saying about the tantō, wakizashi, and katana stating they are The Tantō differs from the others as... A suburito is a bokken of weight significantly greater than that of a typical bokken; as such, it is used for practicing Suburi (sword swining practice) and solo katas only, and is not used for bokken-on-bokken combat. ... It has been suggested that Timeline of Miyamoto Musashis life be merged into this article or section. ... Sasaki Kojirō (佐々木 小次郎, (also known as Ganryu Kojiro) died April 14, 1612) was a prominent Japanese swordsman, born in the Fukui Prefecture, from the Sengoku and early Edo period. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The nodachi (野太刀) refers to a large Japanese sword. ... several yari, including one hafted with a simple crossbar straight yari head with saya Jumonji yari head use of yari in mock combat Yari (槍) is the Japanese term for spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. ... A samurai wielding a naginata Naginata (なぎなた, 長刀 or 薙刀) is a pole weapon that was traditionally used in Japan by members of the samurai class. ... Kama may refer to several things Kama, a Hindu god, the God of Love, son of Lakshmi. ...


The All Japan Kendo Federation specify the dimensions of bokken for use in kendo The All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) or Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei was founded in 1952. ...

  • Tachi: Total length, approx. 102 cm; tsuka (handle) approx. 24 cm.
  • Kodachi: Total length, approx. 55 cm; tsuka (handle) approx. 14 cm.

Construction

The quality of the bokken depends on several factors. The type and quality of the wood and skill of the craftsman are all critical factors in the manufacture of a good quality bokken. Almost all mass produced inexpensive bokken are made from porous, loose-grained southeast Asian wood.[citation needed] These bokken may be easily broken when used in even light to medium contact drills and are best left for non contact work, such as in kata.[citation needed] Furthermore, the wood is often so porous, that if the varnish is stripped off the inexpensive bokken, one can see the use of wood fillers to fill the holes[citation needed]. Kata (åž‹ or å½¢) (literally: form) is a Japanese word describing detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. ... Varnish is a transparent, hard, protective finish or film primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials. ...


While most species of North American red oak are unsuitable for construction of bokken, there are some Asian species of red oak that have a significantly tighter grain and will last longer.[citation needed] World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Binomial name Quercus rubra L. The Northern red oak, Quercus rubra (Quercus borealis in some older references), is an oak in the red oak group (Quercus section Lobatae). ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... The word grain has several meanings, most being descriptive of a small piece or particle. ...


Superior woods, such as Japanese white oak, also known as Kashi, has been a proven staple, having a tighter grain than red oak wood. Another choice, hickory wood, seems to have a very good blend of hardness and impact resistance, while still having a relatively low cost. Binomial name Quercus alba L. The White oak (Quercus alba) is one of the most magnificent of oaks. ... Kashi may refer to: Varanasi (a. ... Species See text Comparison of Carya nuts Ripe hickory nuts ready to fall, Andrews, SC Hickory is a tree of the genus Carya, including 17-19 species of deciduous trees with pinnately compound leaves and large nuts. ...


The use of exotic hardwoods is not unusual when looking at some of the more expensive bokken. Some are made from Brazilian cherrywood (Jatoba), others from purpleheart, and some very expensive ones made from Lignum Vitae. Tropical woods are often quite heavy, a feature often sought in bokken despite the brittleness of these heavy and hard materials. Many of the exotics are suitable for suburi (solo practice), but not for paired practice where there is hard contact with other bokken. Binomial name Hymenaea courbaril L. Jatobá, Hymenaea courbaril, is a South American tree, also known as the copal, red locus, locust, copinol, Brazilian cherry, stinking tree, kawanari, guapinol, algarrobo, and rode locus. ... Species See text For other meanings see Purple Heart (disambiguation) Purpleheart (Peltogyne) is a genus of 23 species of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, native to tropical regions of Central and South America, where they occur in tropical rainforest. ... Lignum vitae is the heartwood of species of the genus Guaiacum, the trees of which are usually called guayacan. ...


Some online retailers offer bokken constructed from polypropelene plastics. The exact applications and benefits of such a weapon vary depending upon the user.


Wood types

Some studies done on wood for bokken use have found that Appalachian Hickory (also known as impact grade hickory) is a desirable wood for bokken use[citation needed]. It is strong and flexible, and does not lose quality over time like other woods[citation needed]. Appalachian hickory has numbered levels to allow for varying usage, ranging from 3 with a density of .75sg to 7 with a density of .97sg. Level 3 is good for light contact and will last longer than most woods, but level 7 strength is unmatched by any wood (even Japanese white oak which is the most common wood for bokken) and will last for years without any change in the grain or quality of the wood. Relative density (also known as specific gravity) is a measure of the density of a material. ... Relative density (also known as specific gravity) is a measure of the density of a material. ...


However, no matter the quality or strength of a wood, no bokken is indestructible and all types of wood will break with sufficient stress.


Highest impact strength woods

Wood name Specific Gravity Impact Strength
1: Hickory .775 345
2: Osage orange .80 243
3: Kingwood (Rosewood) Unknown 230
4: African mopane Unknown 200
5: Laminated Rosewood Composite 1.30 198
6: White birch .62 196
7: Hop hornbeam (American ironwood) Unknown 196
8: White ash .60 196
9: Honduras Rosewood 1.00 189
10: Beech .63 180

Species See text Comparison of Carya nuts Ripe hickory nuts ready to fall, Andrews, SC Hickory is a tree of the genus Carya, including 17-19 species of deciduous trees with pinnately compound leaves and large nuts. ... Binomial name (Raf. ... This article is about a variety of timber. ... Binomial name Colophospermum mopane (Kirk ex Benth. ... This article is about a variety of timber. ... Binomial name Betula pubescens Ehrh. ... Species Carpinus betulus - European Hornbeam Carpinus caroliniana - American Hornbeam Carpinus cordata - Sawa Hornbeam Carpinus fargesii - Farges Hornbeam Carpinus laxiflora - Aka-shide Hornbeam Carpinus japonica - Japanese Hornbeam Carpinus orientalis - Oriental Hornbeam Carpinus tschonoskii - Chonowskis Hornbeam Carpinus turczaninowii - Turkzaninovs Hornbeam The hornbeams (Carpinus) are a genus of relatively small hardwood... Binomial name Fraxinus americana L. The White Ash (Fraxinus americana) is one of the largest of the ash genus Fraxinus, growing to 35 m tall. ... This article is about a variety of timber. ... Species Fagus crenata - Japanese Beech Fagus engleriana - Chinese Beech Fagus grandifolia - American Beech Fagus hayatae - Taiwan Beech Fagus japonica - Japanese Blue Beech Fagus longipetiolata - South Chinese Beech Fagus lucida - Shining Beech Fagus mexicana - Mexican Beech or Haya Fagus orientalis - Oriental Beech Fagus sylvatica - European Beech Beech (Fagus) is a genus...

Media depiction

  • The suburito was popularised in Neal Stephenson's cyberpunk novel Snow Crash as the "redneck katana". It is described as "a one-metre-long piece of heavy rebar with tape wrapped around one end to make a handle. The rebar approximates a katana, but it is very much heavier." The baseball player Frank Thomas has been using a taped-up piece of rebar to build his strength since 1991.[1]

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known primarily for his science fiction works in the postcyberpunk genre with a penchant for explorations of society, mathematics, currency, and the history of science. ... Berlins Sony Center reflects the global reach of a Japanese corporation. ... Snow Crash is Neal Stephensons third science fiction novel, published in 1992. ... // Redneck, in modern usage, predominantly refers to a particular stereotype of people who may be found in many regions of the United States or Canada. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... Rebar is common steel reinforcing bar, an important component of reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures. ... Two rolls of adhesive tape. ... Frank Edward Thomas (born May 27, 1968 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays, nicknamed The Big Hurt or Frankie T. Frank Thomas became one of baseballs biggest stars in the 1990s, playing for the Chicago White Sox. ...

Books

  • In the book Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa,The main character, Miyamoto Musashi uses a wooden sword to slay his enemies up to the end of the 3rd book.

Musashi can mean: Miyamoto Musashi, the master swordsman and author of The Book of Five Rings. ... Eiji Yoshikawa (吉川 英治 Yoshikawa Eiji, August 11, 1892 - September 7, 1962) was a Japanese historical novelist, who is mostly retelling existing stories. ...

Movies

The Last Samurai is an action/drama film written by John Logan and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz based on a story by Logan. ... The Twilight Samurai (たそがれ清兵衛, Tasogare Seibei) is an Academy Award nominated 2002 Japanese film directed by Yoji Yamada. ... Categories: Weapon stubs | East Asian swords ...

Manga and anime

  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Kamiya Kaoru uses a bokken, as her family's Kamiya Kasshin Ryu forbids lethal swords. Her students Myōjin Yahiko and Tsukayama Yūtarō wield either a bokken or a shinai (but never both at once).
  • In the anime Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou, there's a character Houraiji Kyouichi and his weapon of choice is a bokken. Before combat, he bites his thumb, stripes a line of blood on his bokken and a number of kanji appear on his bokken which raises his fighting power.
  • In the anime series Outlaw Star the assassin Twilight Suzuka uses a bokken as her weapon of choice. Gene Starwind believes that the reason for this is to prevent detection by metal detectors.
  • In the anime Demon City Shinjuki, the main character is an instructor of the sword arts and his weapon of choice is a bokken
  • In the manga and anime Gintama, the main character Sakata Gintoki uses a bokken that he bought on a tv shopping channel, made from a ficticious, ultra-hard, tree, and buys a new one after each is broken. "Lake Toya" is mearly something he asked to have inscribed on it.
  • In the Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School the main character, Ryoko Mitsurugi used a bokken exclusively as her weapon of choice. Her teacher, Tessai Onizuka, mentions that the Bokken is actually two weapons in one, a sword and a bo.
  • In the Shaman King there is a character called Ryunosuke Umemiya who was nicknamed "Bokuto no Ryu", or as he is known in the English manga, "Wooden Sword" Ryu (In the English anime he is called "Rio.") The bokken/bokuto is his signature weapon.
  • In the Ranma ½, Upperclassman Tatewaki Kuno uses a bokken as his signature weapon, though it often falls short in duels with Ranma.
  • In the manga, Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Narugami uses a wooden sword that is actually Thor's hammer Mjollnir in disguise.
  • In Usagi Yojimbo, the main character and his son, Jotaro were allowed to wield a bokken in their youth. The bokken is also used in a friendly sparring match between Usagi and Tomoe.

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Games

  • In the Wii video game Red Steel, the player trains with a bokken in Otori's dojo.
  • In the game True Crime: New York City, the player can purchase a bokken and use it as a non-lethal alternative to the katana available from the same location.
  • In the game Samurai Warriors, the character Date Masamune uses two bokken as weapons.
  • In the game Ninja Gaiden Black, the main character Ryu Hayabusa can use a bokken (named Wooden Sword) to attack his enemies. When this weapon is upgraded to the maximum level, its appearance changes to resemble an Eku.
  • In the game Radiata stories A little farmer boy named sunset uses a bokken as a weapon.

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See also

Saito teaching Aiki ken in Iwama Aiki ken is a set of sword techniques practiced according to the principles of aikido. ... Aikido ), translated as the way of harmonious spirit, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. ... Respect shown to the sword (To·ne·rei) before and after practice. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kenjutsu ), meaning the craft, art, or science of the sword, is a Japanese martial art that uses a specific methodology to teach the use of the katana (Japanese sword). ... Kinomichi, calligraphy by Masamichi Noro Kinomichi 氣之道 is a Martial art (budo 武道 in Japanese ), founded by Masamichi Noro 野呂昌道 in Paris, France, in 1979. ... A Shinai made from Bamboo A shinai (Japanese: ) is a practice weapon used primarily in Kendo. ... In terms of weapons and martial arts, a waster is typically a wooden replica of a particular weapon with which the user practices. ...

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Bokken - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1453 words)
A bokken is a training sword, used as a relatively safe and inexpensive substitute for a real blade in several martial arts.
Bokken are used for the practice of kendo; to learn to make proper strokes and get accustomed to the curvature of the blade, as well as to practice the kata (forms).
Studies done on wood for bokken use have found that in all cases Appalachian Hickory (also know as impact grade hickory) is the best possible wood for bokken use, its sheer strength and flexibility make it next to impossible to break under normal use, and does not loose quality over the years like other woods.
INAHARA BLADE CRAFTS: CUSTOM KNIVES, HABAKI AND BOKKEN (1170 words)
I put my bokken through impacts way beyond anything encountered in the dojo, to ensure that the bokken will never fail in your hands, as long as you are using them properly.
My bokken are being used in an accredited dojo by both my sempai and kohai, and to date, not a single one has failed.
Bokken which are broken by people not enrolled in a Japanese sword art, broken from abuse, or neglected are not covered by any warranty.
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