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AikiKen - Aikido with the Bokken (wooden sword)


In AikiKen the principle of soft and round movements without blocks is translated into actions with a wooden sword (Bokken). Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan mentioned again and again the principle of "Otonashi Ken" - the silent sword. What does that mean ? - The swords don't clasp together in a technique - they not even touch each other. So the sword keeps silent.

Like in AikiJo, also in AikiKen classes exercises for a good and upright attitude, for judging and keeping adequate distances as well as performing controlled thrusts and strikes are very important. Because of the different lengths the adequate distances with Jo and Bokken are also different. Additionally you can perform cuts with a Bokken - if you regard it as a katana.

Performing basic exercises (Kihon) slowly allows to learn them exactly. The resulting precision in movements and conscience forms the basis for more advanced exercises, where time and distances may be varied and actions may be superimposed.

The abilities for coordination, attentiveness and flexibility are promoted with single, paired and group exercises.

The health of the practicants we regard as a high level commandment. A complete control of the Jo, high attentiveness, flexibility and a good reactivity are preconditions to perform AikiJo techniques dynamically in critical distances without danger for the health of the involved students. These precondtions are achieved after some years of constant practice. During this time engaged practising Aikido students are improving successively the mentioned qualities.

Video sequence Aikiken (Quicktime necessary)

Demonstration of a concatenation of kihons (basic techniques). Kobayashi Hirokazu Shihan has frequently demonstrated certain kihons during seminars in Europe in the 80ies and 90ties. We practice a concatenation of these kihons as a "Sword-Kata". The video sequence is a section of it.








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