A bokken or bokuto often used interchanging I guess more technical bokuto may be used though in Japan i have heard both and my teacher used bokken
. The bokuto is a solid wooden practice sword with a slightly curved blade, much like a katana. Yagyu village is said to have started the practice of bokuto sword freestyle sparring, though the Yagyu-ryuha is very different from what I practiced.
Miyamoto Musashi was famous for fighting fully armed foes with only one or two bokken. Musashi defeated Sasaki Kojiro with a bokken he had carved from a boat oar. The bokken is a wooden sword too, but it usually has a guard/tsuba and is made from lighter wood (at least that's what I think of when I hear the term "bokken").
The bokuto I trained with was made from harder wood and does not have a tsuba/guard to protect the hands. This wooden sword is more similar in appearance to the bokuto used by Yagyu Muneyoshi, but the style I practiced was very different. As you may remember, Yagyu Muneyoshi is famous for his duel against Hikida Bungoro, who defeated him with a shinai. The shinai is another wooden sword made from a bundle of bamboo sticks bound together with a tsuba/guard to protect your hands.
Well according to him his style has been around for a good 30 years. You might have to change your name it might be copyrighted.That's interesting. I've never seen that style before. It looks very different from what I practice. Not the same style. I have never met that guy before. I don't know who that is.
Did you learn actual swordsmanship from a teacher and if so what type?
More about myself:
As far back as I can remember, I always had an interest in martial arts. As a 3-year-old boy in the late 80's, I had exposure to a lot of fighting in cartoons and movies. Ninja Turtles, Bat Man, G.I. Joe and other TV shows are honestly what made me play with sticks to begin with. Then as I matured, my interest started to grow. Eventually, I found myself enrolled in a traditional Tae Kwon Do program ran for children 5-6 under a Korean instructor named Master Dewey Troung Tyler.
I was only there for 2 months (2-3 times a week) before I lost interest after failing to break a brick. I just wasn't old enough to understand yet, so I dropped out. But I still practiced some of the techniques he showed me, despite not knowing how to use them. When I turned 14-yrs-old, I watched a lot of movies like Indiana Jones and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which made me interested in trying again. My neighbor happened to be a man twice my age whom everyone called Mister Rokko, who just happened to be a brown-belt Shotokan Karate junior instructor at that time. I became his backyard private student for 6 months, at which time he brought me to his instructor (Grandmaster Santella) and had me tested with the other Shotokan Karate students. I was awarded 3 ranks by the end of it and earned a red-belt. For teaching me, Sensei Rokko earned a black-belt and was also promoted to the rank of Master or senior instructor (I believe that was in 1999).
To be continued...
Chinese sword, Japanese sword, etc. I think you missed the point of what I was trying to say. Until you give up the very notion of style, how can you taste my tea? You're over-analyzing, making simple matters too complex. Stop thinking so much, it's good for the mind but it cheats the body over time. In all my years, I have seen many styles. Different cultures use different swords. Sometimes they use the same swords. FMA uses katana-type swords, but they use them very differently as opposed to their JMA counterparts. Is it right then to say that FMA is wrong? That they have bad form? Or to be the devil's advocate, is it right for FMA stylists to say that JMA stylists are wrong? That they have bad form, or no true understanding of how to wield a sword? I don't think it's true, or even fair to say that. I do not believe that "this" style is better than "that" style. There are no bad martial arts. Only bad students. Until you liberate your mind from such stylized thinking, you will never have an understanding of me or my style.
"Saying the jigen Ryu and Katori Shinto Ryu are the same as Chen taijiquan jian..."
Those false words. Please don't play coy with me. I know you're not here to learn anything. You wanted this opportunity to knit-pick at me. You wanted to knit-pick at my history. You wanted to knit-pick at my style. I posted these things in order to oblige you. I acknowledge and respect your opinion of my style, but I will not tolerate any disrespect. It's obvious you are throwing subtle insults into your analogy. That's fine and dandy, but I don't have to respond to it. You stood up for Dale when he was in the wrong. He got in trouble for it, and now you're mad at me. I'm no Einstein, but I'm not a complete idiot. That's okay. I don't really feel like I have to defend myself, or my style. It speaks for itself. Some martial artists will be fond of it. Some will not. You can go ahead and do all the knit-picking you want. As for me, I'm going out back to do some training. Good luck with your stylized investigations.
So you acknowledge you don't study an actual sword ryuha but basically you and some guys banging wooden swords in a backyard with out any authentic or qualified training. I don't think you can say you study wumingquan if someone is already teaching that and may have copied righted that name.
Again, you came on this site about your style you created and the claims and your pictures are up for people to question and critique, if I created my own style with some vague generalization, inconsistencies then you bet people would ask questions. I am not saying you are a fraud, what I am doing is trying to get a better understanding what you are trying to do, and educate the average person who may come on to this thread thinking there actually is a nhb traditional bokuto sword art. You can do what you want to however if you continue to make claims on a public forum, do not be surprised if people more knowledgeable on subjects comment on them.
Hey twenty three I guess FMA swords may appear more katana looking than say other swords to someone unfamiliar with swords, I will say my only exposure to FMA sword was the atienza style however the sword work was very different than how a katana is usedPardon me, but I couldn't help but notice this comment, and I was curious, do you have some examples of this claim, bolded above? I am unaware of a "katana-like" blade used in the FMA's.
There are lots of different blades in the PI. But a katana-like one I haven't seen (doesn't mean it doesn't exist...)Hey twenty three I guess FMA swords may appear more katana looking than say other swords to someone unfamiliar with swords, I will say my only exposure to FMA sword was the atienza style however the sword work was very different than how a katana is used