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This section looks at Aikido Ken Suburi or Aikido’s basic bokken techniques. Bokken are wooden swords primarily used for martial arts weapons training. Suburi Bokken – Heavy Bokuto For Swinging Practice. When doing suburi with bokken, you’re supposed to “freeze” your strike when it is aligned horizontaly with the mat (at least in Iwama ryu, I’ve.

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When doing suburi with bokken, you’re supposed to “freeze” your strike when it is aligned horizontaly with the mat at least in Iwama ryu, I’ve seen other styles that does the suburi differently.

Anyhow, when I stop my bokken, it always “shakes” a little bit. But when bkoken sensei does it, even with lots of speed, he always manages to stop it without it “shaking” at all.

It’s just like hitting pause on a movie. Does anyone have a good tip or, even better, a good exercise to improve my suburi? I know time will make me improve, but I want some hints anyway. I was always taught to squeeze with the last two fingers upon reaching the bottom of the sword cut.

Many times I notice that tension and posture problems are what cause the shaky kissaki. Check how your balance is set and whether your shoulders are relaxed at the of the cut. Practice was the main thing for me. Continual practice made me finally get comfortable with the bokken. Once that happened it felt like it was part of me and easy to control. As Jun already noted – use the Bokken’s tip as your guide.

I bring it up again ’cause it’s a fundamental difference from the common thought was mine. Suburo of the handle as the important part.

Don’t grip it too tight. It makes your entire shoulder-arm etc prone to shiver when you stop. The grip should be just strong enough to resist someone pulling the sword straight out. It feels pretty loose! Subyri course, if you try sword cutting techniques like Toyama-ryu, you will find out that aikido subori is completely different.

There is a mental attitude that goes along with the physical manifestation of bringing the swing of a the bokken subui an appropriate sunuri, but there is also a simple physical exercise that allows it to happen.

Well, when you cast a fishing rod to send out the line so the hook will go into the water, do you cast it to the ground to go out into the water? Into the water right? Do the same with the Bokken! The mechanical support mechanism of your final stopping point or stop position of your hands has a lot to do with it too. There is almost “no strength” nokken in this process.

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It is all technique. Where ever the tip of the bokken ends up, that is where you are casting to. Pay attention to your hand motion, as the wrists do most of the casting even though the arms are moving to accomondate the final destination of the strike, you still need to add more body control, less arm control.


Just as you remove an axe from a stump, you would use your body to raise and remove, or use your body with a bokken to carry the energy.

Try the rocking chair exercize. Sit in a rocking chair as you practice with your bokken, rock back and forth, using the motion of the rocking chair as your body motion, and see if you can strike gently, as if you were cutting a cube of jello half way through without cutting all the way through.

Try this and get back to me. Either this, or maybe with those Popeye arms you need to get cuts to get the feeling of no strength, all technique?

Eventually, you will see the pivot motion contained in the left hand, and the casting motion contained in the right hand. At that point, it is a matter of relaxing to let the practice of repetition teach you what you need to know. Last edited by Bruce Baker: Maybe I am, but at least, I have an answer that is reinforced by the teachings of more than one aikido teacher with over thirty years in aikido, and a couple of shihan, from various seminars and lessons.

Better than whining and crying all the time. You have your own personality problems to deal with, I suggest you, at least, try to deal with them. If you think that was arrogant and condescending, get on my bad side and find out how bad I can really be? Boy, I am gonna get in trouble for that one.

I feel like the mean widdle kid Red Skelton used to play. He would say,” Ooooh, if I dood it I get a whippin’ When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor. Well, after examining my own method, the only xuburi thing Bokkrn could come up with was this: Then move from point A to point B. Sorry I can’t come up with any mechanical advise. I’m sure there are many things you can “do”, however I find the mind control aspect of it more workable.

I had written a nicely detailed explanation of proper grip, te no uchi, and swinging mechanics, but aikiweb deemed to log me out, so it disappeared. Here’s the short version. There are a myriad of details here and they’re all important, so check with your sensei if you don’t know.

Let the sword coast for a small bit. The one piece of advice that people have given with which I strongly disagree is just letting the sword fall. While this probably makes it easy to “cut” straight and stop the sword cleanly, your cut will be slow and ineffective, as well as close to your own body. Even those sword schools that do cut close as opposed to the extended cutting style of kendo, the various Itto Ryu, the Hayashizaki iaido and battojutsu schools, among others do not just let the sword drop.


You have to actually swing down out is a better way of thinking of it for a lot of people applying force. Obviously over muscling it using the wrong muscles or the right muscles in the wrong bokkeh is no good, but subuei still need to use the muscles of your lower body, back, and forearms. I think I read somewhere that if you do 10, cuts in a day, your motions will hone down to the bare essentials necessary to cut correctly.

Afterwards you may look like a turtle, but at least you could tell yourself that you spent time training. You need more time Don’t think about this whole the time. You need to forget this problem for while and IMHO, if you swing a bokken with breathing exhaleit’ll help you.

If you step forward while swinging a bokken, back foot should move on and stop with your bokken. It’s exactly as same as shomenuchi.

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