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Bukiwaza literally means Warrior Techniques in the martial art of Aikido. Warrior techniques aka ‘weapons techniques’ is one of the two pillars of Aikido.
In martial art Aikido School of Iwama Ryu, weapons practice or weapons techniques is an integral part of the practice forming as it does an indispensable part of the system. In the Dojo, weapon training constitutes usually half of the practice time.
The weapons used are the wooden sword (Bokken) the wooden staff (Jo) and the wooden knife (Tanken/ Tanto).
Advantages of Bukiwaza:
Posture and movement. In Aikido we strive to develop a body fully connected to the ground, connected intrinsically in all its parts and organised from the centre, both at rest and in movement.
The first level of weapon training is solo training and at this level, one can train slowly and with attention to the above dynamics without the distraction of an attacking partner.
Energy and Power.
The development of power in Aikido (kokyu) is an extension of the above dynamics of body use and movement in that power is accessed from the ground, directed through the tissues of the body from the centre and expressed and transferred through the periphery at the point of contact to our partner.
The dynamic in the development of power: ground-centre-periphery is exactly the dynamic we search out with weapon training where it is much more accessible than in empty-handed practice.
Everything is bigger. In making the weapon an extension of one’s body weapon training increases one’s sense of reach and extension. Furthermore, the distances, angles and timings are more clearly perceived and therefore studied in the basic partner work.
Control and precision.
In Aikido no protective armour is worn so control, precision and unflagging attention are a must.
This refers to the harmony of principles underlying taijutsu (empty-handed) technique and weapon technique. Saito Sensei would say that Riai was to be understood and embodied at the level of body use and movement and that one should not depend either on having a weapon or on not having one.
It makes the Art of Aikido more beautiful
Without a doubt, Aikido is one of the most aesthetically satisfying martial arts to witness and practice. The weapon forms as left by O Sensei and developed further but Morihiro Saito Sensei are beautiful to practice in their own right.
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