Training notes – Bokken happo giri (8 direction cut)

10247471_570367973099377_397839042609517328_nBokken arts are not formally examined as part of the grading syllabus in Aikido Yuishinkai until shodan (black belt).  However, due to the many transferable skills that Bokken arts offer in aiding our tai jutsu (unarmed) training it is quite common for students to be introduced to these wooden sword based arts almost from the outset.

Bokken happo giri is an 8  direction shomen cut that makes for an ideal introduction to solo bokken practice.   This multi-direction kata is an excellent aid to learning and developing spatial awareness, proper posture, heaven-man-earth body quality,  balance and footwork while continually moving and cutting in different directions.

Bokken happo giri  is also helpful in developing the ability to maintain focus in all directions while continually turning.  This ability is particularly useful when dealing with multiple attacker situations in unarmed practice.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt our dojo we regularly practice 3 different forms of bokken happo giri.  These are omote, ura and irimi.  All 3 forms involve an 8 way cut, however, the footwork differs in each. Each form directly translates into our tai jutsu practice by automating correct footwork and centred relaxed movement in our Aikido techniques.

The video demonstration below by our Chief Instructor Peter Kelly Sensei is of bokken happo giri omote.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

Related Articles

  1. Pass me a bokken ..better make it a big one (2015)
  2. Training tips – Bokken arts (kata and exercises) (2015)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s