Master the wooden weapons used in Aikido with this comprehensive martial arts training manual.
Although aikido is regularly regarded as a nonviolent, noncompetitive martial art, using weapons was once introduced by the art’s founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. In reality, aikido techniques that use wooden weapons can enrich all aspects of your practice, helping you to consider both basic and advanced aikido technical tactics in addition to conceptual strategies and skills.
Building on the authors’ belief that no empty-hand system is complete without weapons training, Aikido Weapons Techniques: The Wooden Sword, Stick, and Knife of Aikido demonstrates weapon use both as a training tool to better illustrate aikido principles, and as a self-defense against weapon attacks. It specializes in the three primary weapons used in aikido:
- Ken—the wooden sword
- Jo—the wooden staff
- Tanto—the wooden knife
A complete discussion of each and every armament is included, with descriptions of the stances, grips, techniques, forms, defenses, and training appropriate for each and every.
With over 200 step by step photographs and detailed instructions, this aikido book provides an in-depth exploration of weapons use in aikido—from its spiritual implications to technical theory and practical application.