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He has been busy ever since teaching Aikido both at home in the Netherlands and abroad in seminars throughout Europe. Bjorn Sensei was an uchi-deshi live-in student and direct student of Saito Sensei. He teaches Aikido at Aikido Alive London.

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In the modern world it is not common at least not where I live to encounter someone armed with a sword. This is a thankful state of affairs!

However through historic tradition jitsuka are trained in the very basics of sword techniques or Ken Waza. What is a sword? A sword is a weapon that is usually made of metal. It has a 'long' blade and a hilt - usually separated by a hilt.

Swords are used in a variety of attacking styles, thrusting, slashing and even bludgeoning. A little history The Japanese are recognised as the first people to create truly sharp swords. Before this swords were rarely able to slice into people rather they were used to bludgeon an opponent into unconsciousness and the sword could then be used to cleave and stab.

However the folding of steel and other metals led to stronger swords that retained their sharpness for more than a few blows. It was these swords that the samurai used in their battles and it is these swords that are used in jiu jitsu. The art of using a sword is an entire martial art or several in it's own right.

The art of the sword is not one where the blade is swashbuckled around or fenced - at least not with the sword of the samurai, the Katana. Ken Do the way of the sword is the most famous practice of Japanese sword work, but there are many other arts of the sword to learn. The art of Iai Do for example focuses solely on the art of drawing the sword from it's sheath, whereas Tameshi Giri concentrates on the art of actually cutting with a sword.

Why train with swords? In jiu jitsu as with most of the gentle art, only the surface of a set of techniques is touched upon. There is always a life time of study to be spent on each technique. Judoka for instance often spend their entire lives perfecting a single throw. Jiu jitsu aims for an all round coverage of techniques so that no matter what the situation the jitsuka can react appropriately.

Therefore whilst there is so much to learn about the sword, jitsu provides some knowledge about swords. After all perfecting a throw such as koshi guruma may not be as helpful against a sword as gaining a competency in a much larger range of throws. The Katana The katana is a versatile sword and is only one of several types of Japanese sword, but it was the preferred sword of most samurai.

The katana is a fairly long sword normally used two handed, but light enough to be wielded one handed when required. Katana vary in quality and in price as well as their particular style. Many katana posess ornately carved hilts with dragon heads or gold wire handle. Scabbards are also frequently etched and embossed in a Japanese style.

Most of these artistic designs are for ornamental katana which are ineffective in combat, but there do exist some which are not. It may well be sharper than you think. It was not an infrequent occurrence for the Samurai to carry a katana and a wakizashi see below into battle, one sword in each hand and fight with both at once. The smaller wakizashi made a good weapon for the off hand, and such a combination was referred to as diasho meaning the long and the short.

The katana in the correct hands is a deadly weapon. In the wrong hands it a deadly liability to the person who is attempting to wield it. It is normal practice however to train at least initially with a bokken see below and then move on to a katana that has been purposefully blunted. Even blunted katanas are dangerous. They won't pierce the skin whne pressed gently to it, but they will cut if force is applied.

More senior grades purple onwards typically spend time learning how to strike effectively with katana. This then allows them to train safely with one another in practicing defences against attacks with a katana. The Wakizashi. The wakizashi is a shorter sword than the katana and is of a similar construction. The wakizashi was another preferred weapon of the Samurai and was often used in the off hand to the katana. The wakizashi is not as obvious as a katana, and so whilst not as visually impressive, it can be more easily concealed - making at least equally as deadly if not more so.

The No Dachi The no dachi is an impressive two handed sword over five feet in length and very sharp. Much heavier than a katana, the no dachi can easily cause grevious wounds on an attack, but it is not as maneuverable or fast as a katana, and so defences against them tend to be easier - assuming it doesn't hit on the first attack. This sword is not well suited to thrusting attacks, but more to downward slashes, and so the attack is more easily predictable.

No dachi are rarely used in jiu jitsu since the katana is at least as challenging a weapon to master. The Bokken Bokken are wooden swords about the size of a katana. They arte essentially practice weapons, and potentially safer than a metal sword.

Bokken are still weapons as much as a baseball bat could be used as a weapon. Between the handle, modern bokken also have a tsuba or hilt to protect you when practicing fighting or kata with another.

The tsuba is held in place by a rubbery band called a habaki. Many other types of swords exist, and may be found in dojos across the world, but the principles of using them are similar, as are the defences against them. Using Swords Swords are highly dangerous weapons.

For centuries they were man's primary weapon for close combat on the battle field. Swords should be respected at all times whether they are blunt or sharp, wood or metal. Wearing your sword The swords used primarily in jiu jitsu are the katana and the wakizashi.

Both of these weapons have slightly curved blades, and when they are worn, are worn on the opposite hip to the sword hand with the slicing edge of the blade pointing up. The tsuba is positioned so that it lies next to the knot of the obi. The sword scabbard should slide through between the two bands of the obi. The sword scabbard often has securing tapes on it. These should be looped through and under the obi a few times to make sure that the scabbard does not slip out from the obi.

If you are using a bokken, this will not have a scabbard, but if you take the overlap of the obi at the back and bring it around to the side where the scabbard would be this is easily done with a couple of fingers , the bokken can be slid into the cross as shown in the diagram.

Up inside the outer band over the inner band, then under the inner band, and over the outer band. Finally you should always try and keep your off hand on the scabbard of the sword. Place the hand on the upper end and place the thumb over the tsuba. This means that when you rei to someone, your sword does not slide out onto the floor making you look very silly and leaving you practically disarmed.

Drawing the sword The art of drawing a sword is Iai Do, and is an entire martial art in itself. In the very basics of sword work, it is enough to focus on drawing the sword smoothly and quickly into the first strike or into a ready position.

With a long sword it often helps if you turn your hips away from the direction you are drawing the sword as you are doing it. This will help you get enough distance in your draw to get the tip of the blade out of the scabbard. In drawing the sword, you should try to follow the curvature of the blade. For a straight bladed sword draw in a straight line.

For a curved blade sword draw in an arc the same shape as the curve of the blade. It will also help if you slowly breathe out in a smooth continuous breath as you draw the sword. This will stop you tensing and jamming or jerking the sword in the scabbard.

Holding a katana A katana is typically held in both hands with the right most hand nearest the blade. There should be about a finger's distance between the index finger of the right hand and the tsuba.

The left hand should grasp the lower part of the hilt away from the blade. The left hand's little finger should lie just beneath the hilt of the sword as though supporting the entire sword. As the strike is made, both hands grasp the sword fingers curling into place as the strike is made. This gripping strategy may at first feel uncomfortable, but like a true randori judo grip where only a few fingers are used until the attack is made, this allows you to move the sword in a more relaxed and free manner and put the necessary force into the strike at the end when it is needed.

This also means that your hands will be able to hold the sword comfortably for a much greater length of time. Attacks There are many types of attack that can be made with a sword. Some more simple attacks to try are:. Then as you step back to the initial stance, the sword is swung directly over the head into the target. On the strike do not let the tip of the bokken drop below the horizontal. Thrust - A simple attack from the initial stance draw the sword hilt back towards you and slightly to one side as determined by the stance.

From there push hard off the back foot and let the front foot slide smoothly across the floor. At the same time extend both arms driving a little body weight and shoulder into the thurst. Keep the tip of the sword above the horizontal. Defences Swords are dangerous weapons, but the Samurai realised that they may be disarmed on the field of battle, and may have to defend theselves against a sword armed attacker.

To this end jiu jitsu developed several defensive techniques to 'ahem' obtain ownership of the sword. As usual if we assume that most people do not intend to attack themselves with their weapon, then the best place to be to avoid being hit by the weapon is where the attacker is. Taking the previously described attacks as examples the following techniques could be used:From a vertical attack or a 45 attack , the jitsuka must move into the attack and try to stand in the same place as the attacker whilst taking control of the sword.

The sword will not suddenly stop dead when blocking the arms, so it is better to control the arms and keep the attack moving through. The best example of a technique to do this would be yama arashi. This can allow the jitsuka to lock both arms and because it is a hip throw will allow the jitsuka to assume the position of the attacker and to put them to the floor in one sweeping movement. If the attack is seen early enough, the jitsuka may be able to rush the attacker.

Stepping quickly to the outside and placing a covering hand on the hilt of the sword, the other hand can come forward to take the face nad eyes in order to take the attacker's balance backwards causing them to fall - probably onto their own sword.

Aikido Bokken & Jo Kata

A few months ago, I wrote a post about weapons from the perspective of traditional craftsmanship. Today, I would like to continue talking about those weapons, but with a different perspective: what consequences the choice of a Bokken can have on your training. I will not allow myself to give any advice. I am a practitioner myself, I made my own choices and I stick to them. But I would like to share here the observations I made through my humble training experience, but more importantly based on my rather vast knowledge of those weapons and how they are designed.

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In the modern world it is not common at least not where I live to encounter someone armed with a sword.

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