Aikido Ken Suburi – Basic Bokken Techniques
This section looks at Aikido Ken Suburi or Aikido’s basic bokken techniques. Bokken are wooden swords primarily used for martial arts weapons training. They are used in Japanese martial arts such as Kendo, Kenjutsu, Ninjutsu and Aikido.
These techniques teach Aikido students a series of bokken cuts and are used for solo practice. Aikido Ken Suburi uses seven basic techniques ranging from Ichi-No to Shichi-No. Similar partnered bokken techniques are as Aikido Kumitachi.
For other Aikido techniques (i.e. Aikido wrist locks, elbow locks, counters or dislocations), visit Black Belt Wiki’s main Aikido Techniques section.
Aikido Ken Suburi – Techniques 1-7
- Ichi-No – Downward vertical cut.
- Ni-No – Step back into Jodan-No-Kamae then execute a downward vertical cut.
- San-No – Step back into Waki-Gamae then execute a downward vertical cut.
- Yon-No – Step forward with a downward vertical cut; repeat.
- Go-No – Step forward while guarding then execute a 70 degree downward cut; repeat.
- Roku-No – Step forward with a downward vertical cut, then shuffle forward and thrust.
- Shichi-No – Step forward while guarding, execute a 70 degree downward cut then step forward and thrust.
Demonstration of Aikido Ken Suburi (1-7)
- Wikipedia, Aiki-Ken, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiki-ken