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Jigen Ryu Bokken - Red/White Oak
Made in Japan (Kyushu)
Flat Spine | Flat Butt | Small Kissaki
Red Oak or White Oak available
This Bokken is made from a single piece of oak (red or white) from the southern islands of Kyushu (Japan). Similar in shape and curvature to a 'standard' Bokken, but thicker and therefore heavier and more resistant, this model is of course destined to Jigen Ryu practitioners but is also an ideal Suburi Bokken.
We can recommend this model for heavy contact practice, too, for any school using a classic shaped Bokken (and especially Aikido practitioners).
This Bokken is not to be confused with the Yakumaru Jigen Ryu Bokken, a very differently shaped model that is suited for a different Jigen Ryu-like line.
- Choice of wood species: red oak, white oak.
- Available finish: Urethane varnish or camellia oil polish.
- Manufacturing workshop: Horinouchi for all models.
Non varnished - Oil polish option:
All our high-end weapons are available either varnished with urethane or polished with camellia oil. The latter is more pleasant to the touch and these unvarnished weapons are also more ecologically-friendly, but they require regular (monthly) maintenance with oil (camellia or wood maintenance oil). Further, they can only be made from the finest timber of Japanese quality. Given the need for maintenance, our stocks are limited. Also, since the craftsmen must select the best wood possible to manufacture these Bokken and Jo, the processing time is longer than for varnished weapons. Please note that the oil polish can darken the wood significantly.
Jigen Ryu Bokken Specifications Wood Akagashi (Red Oak) Shirakashi (White Oak) Weight 600 ~ 700 g 650 ~ 750 g Full length 101.5 cm Blade length 75.5 cm Tsuka length 26 cm Tsuka diameter 40 x 29 mm Mine Hiramine (flat spine) Tsuka shape Taira (flat butt) Kissaki Small Kissaki
*Due to the hand-made manufacturing, color and weight may vary from one weapon to another.
About Jigen Ryu School:
The Jigen Ryu was founded by Togo Tobei Shigetaka, a Satsuma domain Samurai, at the end of the 16th century. Togo was a student of Terasaka Yakuro Masatsune, third Soke of the Tenshinsho Jigen school (the first of the "Jigen line") and Marume Kurandonosuke Tessai, founder of the Taisha Ryu. The story says that the new Jigen Ryu concepts were inspired by a sudden divine revelation while studying the Lotus Sutra which was also the reason he changed the characters used for "Jigen Ryu" from "self power revelation" to "sudden revelation". With his nomination as chief swordsmanship instructor of the Satsuma domain, Jigen Ryu became the main official Kenjutsu style thought in the domain.
The Jigen Ryu is well known for its emphasis on the first strike (that much actually, that a second strike is not even considered) and focuses on striking power. Most of the training consists of strongly hitting a vertical pole or a real tree with raw wooden sticks (tree branches) collected in the woods. This is probably because their intensive training consumes the 'Bokken' (or tree branch) in just a few months. You can see a demonstration of the school here on our YouTube channel: Jigen Ryu Heiho Kenjutsu- 40th All Japan Kobudo Demonstration (2017)
Jigen Ryu is not to be confused with Yakumaru Jigen Ryu, a different school born from the same Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu origin.