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BOKUTO OR BOKKEN WOODEN PRACTICE SWORDS
A Bokuto or Bokken is a wooden practice sword about the same length and shape as a katana or samurai sword. A Bokken or Boken is therefore the Japanese name for Boku (wood) and To (sword). In Japan they usually use the name Bokuto.
HISTORY OF THE BOKKEN
Wooden Bokken are certainly as old as the authentic Japanese Swords. The Samurai used these because they soon realized that training the wooden swords improved their techniques with the use of a Shinken (sharp sword). The legend of the Miyamoto Musashi was known that with two Bokken he could even beat fully armed Samurai Warriors.
By training with a bokken you can train in a safe way so that your techniques quickly reach a higher level. Your strength will also increase so that the transition to a real sword or iaito will go smoothly.
WHERE DO THEY USE A BOKKEN?
In many traditional martial arts you will sooner or later start training with a bokken, such as in Iaikido, Iaido, Kendo and Kenjutsu. But also in Karate and Judo you will use a Bokken with a specific partner exercises and kata. But also in Korean writing arts such as in Kumdo they use a Mogoam or wooden sword.
A Bokken is very personal, where you may have a preference for a different balance point, stability, weight or type of wood. These are aspects that you take into account when buying a bokken. Bokken are namely available in all kinds, such as a white oak bokken, red oak bokken, polypropylene bokken, wakizashi and o-bok. You also have many wooden trestles from China or often with a better finish from Japan.