Aikido weapons training with bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff) is commonly referred to in Aikido circles as Aiki-ken and Aiki-jo practice. Training with these weapons is widely used as an adjunct to Aikido practice. Many Aikido techniques, attitudes, applications, footwork and strategies come from the Japanese sword and short staff (jo). The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei) trained extensively with these weapons and other traditional Japanese weapons and they were a significant influence on his development of Aikido.
Training includes suburi (solo drills), awase (partner blending drills) and kumi-tachi and kumi-jo (partner forms) as well as tachi dori (sword disarming), jo dori (staff disarming) as well as tanto dori (knife disarming).
Our Chief Instructor, Greg O’Connor, is well known for his expertise in Aikido’s bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff) weapons and he passes on his abilities regularly in his classes.