Aikido WEAPONS TECHNIQUES ---- The Wooden Sword, Stick, and Knife of Aikido SENSEI PHONG THONG DANG Sixth-Degree Aikido Black Belt Founder of the International Tenshinkai Aikido Federation Two-Time Inductee into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Chief Instructor, Westminster Aikikai Dojo LYNN SEISER, Ph .D. Third-Degree Aikido Black Belt Founder of Aiki-Solutions TUTTLE PUBLISHING Tokyo · Rutland, Vermont · Singapore Please note that the publisher and authors of this instructional book are NOT RESPONSIBLE in any manner whatsoever for any injury that may result from practicing the techniques and!or following the instructions given within. Martial arts training can be dangerous-both to you and to others-if not practiced safely. If you're in doubt as to how to proceed or whether your practice is safe, consult with a trained martial arts teacher before beginning. Since the physical activities described herein may be too stren- uous in nature for some readers, it is also essential that a physician be consulted prior to training. Published by Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd., with editorial offices at 364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, Vermont 05759 U.S.A. Text copyright © 2006 by Phong Thong Dang and Lynn Seiser Illustrations copyright © 2006 by Phong Thong Dang All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechan- ical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without prior written permission from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Dang, Phong Thong, 1940- Aikido weapons techniques : the wooden sword, stick, and knife of aikido I Sensei Phong Thong Dang, Lynn Seiser. p. em. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-8048-3641-8 (pbk.: alk. paper) l. Aikido. I. Seiser, Lynn, 1950-II. Title. GV1114.35.0376 2006 796.6-dc22 2006001500 ISBN-1 0 0-8048-3641-8 ISBN-13: 978-0-8048-3641-8 Distributed by North America, Latin America & Europe Tuttle Publishing 364 Innovation Drive North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436 U.S.A. Tel: (l) 802 773-8930 Fax (l) 802 773-6993 [email protected] www. tuttlepublishing.com Asia Pacific Berkeley Books Pte. Ltd. 130 joo Seng Road #06-01 Singapore 368357 Tel: (65) 6280-1330 Fax (65) 6280-6290 [email protected] www.periplus.com First edition 10 09 08 07 06 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Printed in the United States of America TUTTLE PUB US HI NG® is a registered trademark ofTuttle Publishing, a division of Periplus Editions (Hk) Ltd. DEDICATION I would like to dedicate this book to the founder of aikido, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba; his son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba; and his grandson, the cur- rent Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. I want to thank the Aikikai Foundation, and Secretary General Shihan Masatake Fujita for his ongoing support and encouragement. I also dedicate this work to my first aikido instructor, Shihan Mutsuro Nakazono, and my late brother, Sensei Tri Thong Dang. I dedicate this book, and my life's work, to my students. As always, I dedicate this book to my loving and patient family. -Sensei Phong Thong Dang As always, first I must dedicate this book, our third together, with my deepest respect and humility, to my aikido sensei, Phong Thong Dang. His technical precision and expertise are exceptional. His patience with his students demonstrates and illustrates a deep compassion and desire to communicate and perpetuate his life's work and the shared passion and vision of aikido founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. It is truly a humbling honor to train under such a man, a legend in martial arts, to share in his vision and be entrusted with assisting in presenting this knowledge, as limited as my understanding may be and as inadequate as my words are. "Sensei, Domo Arigato Gozaimashita." I dedicate this work to all the people I have ever had the honor and pleasure to train with. The hours we have spent in sweat and in laughter have contributed greatly to this work and to my life. What they have given me freely I have tried to pass on as freely and completely as it was given. I hope that in some small way these works will help those training partners I will never meet but who share a similar journey. I dedicate this work, my love, and my life, to my family. Their patience, encouragement, and support make my training possible, my dreams come true, and my life worthwhile. With them in my heart and mind, my train- ing is always an art and discipline of loving protection. -Lynn Seiser, Ph.D. CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND APPRECIATION 9 INTRODUCTION II 1 I KIHON: BASICS AND FUNDAMENTALS 17 2 I BOKEN: WOODEN SWORD 29 3 I ]0: WOODEN STAFF 55 4 I TANTO: WOODEN KNIFE 81 5 I ZANSHIN: A LINGERING CONNECTION I03 GLOSSARY lli REFERENCES, RESOURCES, AND RECOMMENDATIONS 121 ABOUT THE AUTHORS 125 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND APPRECIATION The authors express their deepest acknowledgments, appreciation, and gratitude to their editor, jennifer Brown, at Tuttle Publishing, for her patience, support, encouragement, and expertise. Without her, our two previous volumes would not have been possible. It is hard transform to men of action into men of words. The authors also want to express their appreciation to Amanda Dupuis for her guidance, assistance, and patience with this, our third volume. john Tran, of the Westminster Aikikai Dojo, took the photographs used in this book. His patience, and his knowing eye for technique, are acknowledged and deeply appreciated. The models used in this book, along with Sensei Phong Thong Dang, were Westminster Aikikai students Minhhai Nguyen, Bryan Tate, and Richmond Neff. The task of receiving a technique and taking a fall is difficult and often dangerous. Without good training partners, there is no aikido training or practice. These gentlemen are some of the best. Pamela Seiser, wife of Lynn Seiser, has read, reread, and proofread every word, of every page, of every draft, of every book. Her eye for spelling, grammar, style, and general readability has been an invaluable service to the authors, the editor, and those of you who read these works. Her sup- port and encouragement made these works possible. Her expertise and eye for detail have made them presentable. Lynn Seiser painted the original kanji calligraphy for each chapter.