Weapons are used in Aikido, building on the fundamental techniques practised and learned without weapons. 

Defenses against weapons are taught, both when the defender also has a weapon, and when they are "empty handed". These include:-
  • Tanto (knife)
  • Bokken (sword, pictured below)
  • Jo (staff)
Class with bokkens, extending Ki
Class extending their bokkens
Bokken awareness
Be very aware of the bokken!
Bokken against bokken
Attacker with bokken being thrown
Bokken technique, ending in capture of the bokken and throwing the attacker

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