Beware, weights vary widely depending on the wood being used and the time of the year. We then tend to classify those weapons into 4 categories: thin, standard, thick and extra-thick. Curvature, amplitude and position The curvature has a strong influence on the balance and handling of a Bokken. In the case of a Katana, it also gives a better cutting angle, making slicing easier.
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History Edit Bokken were designed to lessen the damage caused by fighting with real swords and were used for the training of samurai warriors in feudal Japan. Bokken eventually became lethal weapons themselves in the hands of trained experts. 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.
Before the Meiji era, Bokken were very likely manufactured by woodworkers not specialized in Bokken manufacture. It is at the beginning of the 20th century that Bokken manufacture started, mainly in Miyakonojo Kyushu region.
Today, the last four workshops of Japan are still located in Miyakonojo. The "standard Bokken", mostly used in Kendo , Iaido , and Aikido was created by master Aramaki in collaboration with the All Japan Kendo Federation in the s and was the first standardized Bokken ever created.
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 nearby.
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. This form of practice is intended primarily for kendo practitioners up to Nidan ranking, but can be beneficial for all kendo students. Suburi, literally "bare swinging," are solo cutting exercises. Suburito are thicker and heavier than normal bokken and users of suburito must therefore develop both strength and technique.
Their weight makes them unsuitable for paired practice and solo forms. One famous user of the suburi-sized bokken is Miyamoto Musashi who used one in his duel against Sasaki Kojiro. The All Japan Kendo Federation specify the dimensions of bokken for use in the modern kendo kata, called Nippon kendo kata. Kodachi : Total length, approx. In fiction Edit Bokken has been depicted in film, manga, anime, and comic books. In the film The Last Samurai , the bokken is seen in multiple instances.
Later in the film, Nathan Algren played by Tom Cruise is seen undergoing sword training with a bokken. In the anime Outlaw Star Twilight Suzuka utilizes a bokken with immense skill and is able to use it more efficiently than an actual sword.
In the anime Demon City Shinjuku , the hero Kyoya Izayoi wields a bokken which he can infuse with spiritual energy. In the Wolverine limited series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Wolverine is nearly killed by Shingen Yashida , using a bokken to deliver nerve strikes.
In the anime and the manga, Gin Tama , the protagonist, Gintoki Sakata , uses a bokken as his main weapon. His skills with it are powerful enough to overpower even real swords. Other characters, especially Shinpachi Shimura , are frequently seen using bokken to practice. In the anime and manga, Rurouni Kenshin , Kamiya Kaoru uses a bokken as her main weapon. In the anime and light novel series, Toradora!
In the anime and manga, Highschool of the Dead , Saeko Busujima initially wield a bokken. She replaces it with a katana later in the series. In the anime and manga, Hunter x Hunter , Kurapika wields two wakizashi-sized bokken attached via a rope. In the anime, the bokken is actually a sheathed sword. In the anime and manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba , the character of Sabito is seen wielding a wodden bokken in his first appearance and in his fight against Tanjiro.
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