WHAT IS THE JAPANESE BOKKEN?
Japan has played an important role in the practice of swordsmiths in the world. Since the feudal era of the region, the swordsmiths here have created a variety of high-quality swords and blade weapons. Although most people are familiar with katana, Japan has paved the way for countless other swords, including bokken.
Overview of the Bokken
Bokken is not an ordinary traditional Japanese sword. Although it was invented during the period of feudal Japan-about the same time as the katana-it did not have a real "living" blade. On the contrary, bokken is a practice sword featuring a wooden structure. Warriors use it during training to minimize the risk of self-injury so that they can practice in a safe environment.
Of course, in the feudal era of Japan, the Japanese sword was still the weapon of choice for the samurai. With its moderate length, curved blades and high-carbon steel, it provides unparalleled versatility on the battlefield. Therefore, samurai will use bokken of similar size and design for training. As shown in the picture above, this sword is strikingly similar to a traditional katana, the only real difference lies in its structure. The katana is made of high carbon steel-called tamahagane steel-and the bokken is made of wood. This allows the samurai to train and perfect their techniques while minimizing the risk of self-injury in the process.
The history of bokken
According to Wikipedia, bokken first appeared in the feudal period of Japan. Reports indicate that sword master Musashi Miyamoto is able to duel and win a duel with a fully equipped competitor, while carrying only one or two bokken. According to a legend, when Musashi was on a boat preparing for a duel, he carved a wooden oar with a wooden oar. As soon as he arrived on the island for a duel, he defeated his opponent with this newly created coyote.
Bokken is still used for training and practice today. The only difference is that the samurai no longer uses it. On the contrary, bokken is used by kenjutsu practitioners. In the early 2000s, the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) created a set of exercises involving Bokken. These exercises are called Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho and are designed to train swordsmen how to use the sword.