Bokken - Lowry D. - Book
  • Bokken - Lowry D. - Book

Bokken - Lowry D. - Book

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The use of the bokken in swordsmanship was an addition to the art that did not come along until Muromachi Period (1336-1600), when the emphasis on the swor
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The use of the bokken in swordsmanship was an addition to the art that did not come along until Muromachi Period (1336-1600), when the emphasis on the sword shifted from battlefield tactics to a more individualized dueling. As better swords were forged, as one-on-one dueling (on and off the battlefield) replaced the charging, cavalry style swinging of the weapon, the techniques of fencing progressed rapidly. Under the auspices of the ryu, methods were broken down and analyzed, evaluated as to their effectiveness, and taught in an orderly, prescribed manner according to a set curriculum. All schools had one need in common: the needed some means by which aspiring swordsman could practice the techniques of fencing with a modicum of safety. The answer was the bokken. By the middle of the 16th century, there were over 900 ryu in Japan devoted to kenjutsu, and the bokken was the central training weapon. For the master, the difference between the bokken and the shinken (live sword) was minimal, as, for example Miyamoto Musashi has proved many times... Dave Lowry belongs to the 21st generation of the Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, one of the most venerated of the classical Japanese martial schools, with a close connection to Zen and the politics of feudal Japan. His training began in 1968 under the tutelage of Ryokichi Kotaro. He was tutored in the art of aiki-jo (the stick art of aikido) by Yutaka Funaki and Sachiyo Fujii, both expert teachers of hombu aikido. • Origins of the Bokken • Training with the Bokken • Selecting the Bokken and Equipment • Kihon (Basics and Fundamentals) • Uchi Kata (Striking Methods) • Renraku Waza (Combination Techniques) • Kumitachi (Techniques with a Partner) • Zarei (Seated Bow)
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