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Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken Isu
Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken Isu

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Product Code: 012-62[8ISU]

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Information Technical Specs.
The Katori Shinto Ryu Bokken is available in long and short versions, and is made in the specifications required for Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu and Kodachi techniques practice. This Bokken is similar to the design of a standard Bokken, but it's a little heavier and it also has less Sori (curvature) compared to the standard bokken.
Now available in Isu. Isu is the wood preferred by many Kenjutsu practitioners for it's beautiful grain and durability. Most notably it is the preferred choice of the Jigen Ryu practitioners who use their Bokken aggressively through famous Tachigi-uchi training.

What is Katori Shinto Ryu?

Katori Shinto Ryu
may not require a introduction to many, as it was one of the very first Koryu Bujutsu (Japanese Classical Martial Arts) introduced to the west, by famous Don Draeger.
Needless to say, it is the oldest existing martial arts in Japan with over 650 years of recorded history.
The style was founded by Iizasa Choisai Ienao after 1000 days of intensive training. The style is characterized by paired kata exercises which involves exchange of multiple moves/techniques between the training partners. Another notable characteristics of the school is its broad range of technical repertoire, a characteristics often found in Koryu Bujutsu founded in the Sengoku Era or pre-Edo period when the martial arts skills were used mostly in battlefield, unlike the fairly peaceful early-mid Edo-period when martial arts skills were meant for self defense. Since it's a martial arts used on battlefield, it means that one must be able to handle variety of weapons, therefore the Katori Shinto Ryu practitioner is required to learn Kenjutsu, Bojutsu, Naginatajutsu, Iaijutsu, Jujutsu ...and more, which takes years of dedicated training.
One can also see it's battlefield origin as many of the techniques assumes the use of Yoroi (armor) and target areas are often the opening of an armor such as the joints.
The style's vast technical repertoire has been well preserved by the efforts of generations of dedicated practitioners and style has many followers both inside Japan and abroad.
  • Made of selected high quality Isu
  • All handmade by Japanese expert craftsmen
  • Made in Japan

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March 31, 2018
Reviewer: David Dufour Rausell from Prague, Prague Czech Republic  

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Long / Short choose March 26, 2018
Reviewer: Josu Hernández Argote from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava Spain  

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Extremely fast delivery August 31, 2017
Reviewer: Marko from Finland  
Bought a Katori bokken: good quality, reasinable price, fast delivery.

Very happy with Tozando service!

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Beautiful bokken August 7, 2017
Reviewer: Jonathan from Amsterdam, NH Netherlands  
After practicing with it for two months, I like the feel of the Isu as opposed to an oak bokken. It is less slippery and it seems to dent rather than splinter. That said, it dents rather easily and perhaps it is not suitable for harder contact.

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Simply great September 13, 2013
Reviewer: Akari from Hanoi, Vietnam  
I purchase this bokuto from Bokkenshop in January. It is simply beautiful and is the thing closest to perfect balance I had ever touched.

It is also stunningly durable. After half a year of training (look for videos of Katori Shinto Ryu katas to know how we "destroy" our bokutos), it broke at least 2 local made bokkens. There are bruises all over my bokuto now, but not a single crack.

It just worths every single penny I paid.

Two friends of mine bought the same bokuto after just seeing it. The third friend is waiting for a new one to be shipped. Everyone is happy with the quality and beauty of this bokuto.

People might complain that the isu bokuto is light and they prefer a heavy piece of wood. But in my point of view, I am doing kobudo, not bodybuilding. And if you are a woman you will have more reason to love a normal-weight bokuto.

Do I recommend this bokuto to my friend? No. I just do not need to do that. They look at it, and they go to Tozando.

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