“The now exotic juken, or mock bayonet, is a weapon prominently demonstrated in the Asahi News film”

The 1935 Asahi News film featuring Morihei Ueshiba at the age of 51 years is one of the rarest and most historically important documents on early aikido history to have survived. Its high quality and superb content provide a rich resource for contemporary practitioners of the art to study and gain an understanding of the evolution of aikido technique.

The weapon being used in the above photo is the juken, sometimes called a mokuju, which means a mock or replica rifle with bayonet. Morihei would teach many techniques using this weapon in his courses at the various military institutions where he taught martial arts and tactics in the prewar period…

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