Weapons & Aikido: “It is not credible to state that aikido does not involve the study of weapons!”

Surprising to some will be the large number of techniques included in “Budo” that are performed with weapons. Fully one-third of the book features techniques executed using the knife, sword, spear and mock-bayonet. There are a number of identifiable influences that bear on the inclusion of these weapon techniques. One is the fact that Ueshiba was at the very time of the compilation of Budo experimenting with the sword techniques of the Kashima Shinto-ryu school…

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