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Boken sword stance

Boken (sword)

tanto knife

Tanto (knife)

Boken sword move

Jo (staff)

Students start to practice with a Tanto for their brown belt grading.

To prepare for their Dan grading, students learn Jo and Boken Katas. A Kata is a series of movements that are performed to counter imaginary attacks from all sides.

The aim is to keep a light posture, extend Ki through the tip of the Boken to cut precisely, or both ends of the Jo. In both cases the movements are coordinated from the one point and the moves should flow seamlessly.

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