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Master Koryu Series :: HOKUSHIN ITTO RYU Bokken
Master Koryu Series :: HOKUSHIN ITTO RYU Bokken

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This Bokuto is made with the highest grade of white oak.

Approximate Length: 106 cm (41.5 in)
Approximate weight: 900 g (2 lb)

Hokushin Ittō-ryū is a very intense duelling style which focuses on simple and fast techniques where no unnecessary movements are made. Controlling the enemy's centre line with the kiri-otoshi and dominating him with extremely fast tsuki-waza are the signature techniques of this ryūha. The principles of this style are that a perfect technique should contain defence and offence in one action.
Characteristic of the training is the use of onigote (heavily padded gloves) like in its ancestor styles Ono-ha Ittō-ryū and Nakanishi-ha Ittō-ryū which are used in several kumitachi-kata (two person practice). This kind of training became more and more obsolete towards the end of the Edo-period with the spread of gekiken and the use of bogu and shinai.
Hokushin Ittō-ryū is also one of the remaining ryūha which still practices kumitachi with bokuto (wood swords). The habiki kata is practiced using habiki (real swords with the sharp edge removed).

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