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Budo Society Musashi

 Aikido, Aiki Jujitsu, Ju Jitsu, Kyusho Jitsu, Dim Mak, Bukido

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Bokken

A bokken (bok(u), "wood", and ken, "sword") (or commonly as bokuto  in Japan), is a Japanese wooden sword used for training.

It is usually the size and shape of a katana, but is sometimes shaped like other swords, such as the wakizashi and tanto. Some ornamental bokken are decorated with mother-of-pearl work and elaborate carvings.

 

The bokken is used as an inexpensive and relatively safe substitute for a real sword in several martial arts such as kendo, aikido and kenjutsu. Its simple wooden construction demands less care and maintenance than a katana. In addition, training with a bokken does not carry the same mortal risk associated with that of a sharp metal sword, both for the user and other practitioners near by.

 

While its use has several advantages over use of a live edged weapon, it can still be deadly, and any training with a bokken should be done with due care. Injuries occurring from bokken are very similar to those caused by clubs and similar battering weapons and include compound fractures, ruptured organs, and other such blunt force injuries. In some ways, a bokken can be more dangerous as the injuries caused are often unseen and inexperienced practitioners may underestimate the risk of harm. It is not a sparring weapon, but is intended to be used in kata and to acclimate the student to the feel of a real sword. For sparring, a bamboo shinai is typically used instead for obvious safety reasons.

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