- handle of the bokken
- tip of the bokken
- handguard that is sometimes slipped over the bokken
- Seigan-no-kamae / Chudan-no-kamae
- Right hanmi with the bokken in both hands directly
in front and on the centerline of the body. Weight is centered
evenly over both feet and both hands are near the level of your
navel. The left hand is on the butt end of the bokken about
one fist width away from your body. The blade is tilted slightly
to the right to take advantage
of the natural curvature of the blade.
The kissaki is at your opponent's throat. Look directly to the front.
- Stand in right or left hanmi and raise your arms until your left hand
is in front of your forehead. Your hands are above your eyes and your
elbows are out to afford vision to the front.
The kissaki is directly above your head to protect
those behind you. Your weight is slightly forward.
- Lower the kissaki from chudan-no-kamae, but be ready to raise it
at any time. This provides an opening for your opponent to attack. Be
ready to step off the line of attack by keeping your weight evenly
distributed on both feet.
- Stand in left hanmi, eyes to the front, weight evenly distributed.
The bokken is raised vertically with the hands at the levels of your
left chest and left shoulder. The tsubo is at the level of your mouth.
- Left hanmi bokken lowered on the right hand side.
- The sword is raised overhead as you step back with the right
foot. The sword is brought down in exactly
a vertical line. Strike to the head with good focus then slowly
subside to chudan-no-kamae.
- Same as above but slide step forward while striking. Slide step back again after
- Move the left foot off the line of attack. Do this for both
with the right foot stepping and without.
- Gyaku Yokomenuchi
- Alternate left and right yokomen
- Shomenuchi front and back
- Step forward strike pivot repeat
Bokken Tai Sabaki
Unarmed defenses against bokken (tachidori)
- Shomenuchi kokyunage
- Shomenuchi kotegaeshi
- Shomenuchi tenkan kokunage
- Yokomenuchi shihonage
- Yokomenuchi ikkyo
Bokken Forms (kengi)