Weapons Class Descriptions

Aiki Weapons (age 10 and older, or with instructor permission)

The aikido curriculum includes work with bokken (wooden sword), jo (short staff) and tanto (knife). While other classes may include work with these weapons, the weapons class specifically focuses on the basic uses of these weapons with single and paired katas. All students - even beginning students - are encouraged to attend this class.

Iaido (age 18 and older, or with instructor permission)

Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. This class requires strong mental focus. Because this class uses live blade, students must be 18 years or older, and permission is required for visitors and class participation.

Naginata (age 10 and older, or with instructor permission

The Naginata originated over 1,000 years ago. It was a powerful weapon against horsemen and foot soldiers alike.  The naginata's length and weight made it an efficient weapon against the sword, and its circular execution made it one of the most graceful and fluid of classical Japanese combat systems. Naginata today is an art form that teaches etiquette, respect, patience, self-confidence, and self-control. The practice of Naginata nurtures stamina, beauty and grace of movement, and the building of character through discipline and concentration. Moreover, it prepares individuals to deal with the rigors of life, and in establishing a moral code based on chivalry and honor.

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