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Aikido Intro #539 - Bowing with a bokken

I was asked by a fellow member of our dojo to post one with proper protocols for bowing in/out with weapons. Since I was just as unclear about it as he was I asked our sensei and apparently we’ve been doing it wrong. This is how we (should) bow in our Iwama style dojo.

When bowing to shomen: Bokken in front, handle/hilt to the left and blade edge facing towards you.

When bowing to a person: Bokken to your side, handle/hilt to front and blade edge facing towards you. To the left when beginning practice. To the right after practice.

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