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Jigen Ryu Bokken White Oak
Jigen Ryu Bokken White Oak

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Product Code: 012-240

Our Jigen Ryu Bokken is made to the exact specification of the style and available in Japanese white oak or red oak.

What is Jigen Ryu?

Jigen Ryu was created by Tougo Tobei Shigetaka, who was originally a Shinkage-Ryu based Taisha Ryu Swordsman belonged to Satsuma clan.
After learning and succeeding the style called Tenshin-sho Jigen Ryu from a monk called Jigensai Itto Jiichibo, in Kyoto. He combined the best of both schools to create Jigen Ryu. The style is characterized and easily distinguished from other kenjutsu styles by famous stance known as Tonbo-no Kamae or "dragonfly ". Lightning fast and powerful Kesa-giri (diagonal cut) delivered from Tonbo-no kamae was very much feared during the end of Edo period. Blocking was considered useless when attacked by Jigen Ryu swordsman and there are records of dead bodies with the tsuba (guard) or the blade of the sword driven into their own head !!
Kondo Isami who headed the group of expert swordsmen called Shinsengumi, himself being a Tennen Rishin Ryu headmaster, is said to have strictly ordered the members to avoid Jigen Ryu first strike at all cost.
The style is also known for its rigorous training method, known as Tachigi-uchi which means "standing tree strike" literally. Jigen Ryu practitioners were said to strike the tachigi for well over thousand times every single day, to perfect first strike so he never needs a second.
The style soon became an official style(Oto-me waza) of Satsuma clan and teaching the style to those who do not belong to the clan was strictly prohibited. The style has been passed through Togo family for well over 400 years by now, and is currently headed by Tougo Shigetoku. Jigen Ryu based style called Yakumaru Jigen Ryu or Nodachi Jigen Ryu also exists and is being practiced today.
  • Made of high quality Japanese White Oak
  • All handmade by Japanese expert craftsmen
  • Made in Japan
  • Total length: 101.5cm (approx. 40")
  • Blade: 75.5cm
  • Handle: 26cm
  • Weight: Approx. 700 grams

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Solid bokken June 5, 2018
Reviewer: Sammy Suriapranata from Bandung, Jawa Barat Indonesia  
Jigen Ryu bokuto in white oak is a rather unusual one. It has a tsuba ridge on the top only unlike the standard bokken which features a full ridge to accept a tsuba. The tsuka is a flat oval which takes some getting used to but once you do, it's comfortable & easy to direct the edge. I use it for both suburi & paired kata and I'm happy that it does well on both roles. The wood is very hard & doesn't dent despite the contact with other bokken & Jo.

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April 9, 2018
Reviewer: MARK LAM from Singapore, West Singapore  

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March 5, 2018
Reviewer: Richard Chung from Corona, California United States  

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I am very happy September 18, 2017
Reviewer: MM from Poland  
Very decent bokken, I like it.  And I'm very suprised how quickly sent it to me.  Shipping to Poland -  5 days!

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Fantastic Quality Bokken for Generic Practice July 31, 2017
Reviewer: Xuan Kai Chen from Singapore  
Our members have purchased at least 40pcs of this model over the last 5 years. The Jigen Ryu White Oak bokken has a very good weight and balance. It isn't the lightest bokken around nor the heaviest but my suggestion is to start with this as the geometry is fantastic for all-rounded practice (for both suburi and tachiuchi). It is used by the senior students all the way down to even beginners . Build-quality from Tozando is fantastic! The wood grains  run parallel to the edge and I think Tozando has done a good job with the quality checks and wood selection.

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