Saito Sensei once said: "Sword plus staff plus hand to hand IS aikido."  Weapons practice is
an equal and essential aspect of aikido training as much as the left side of your body has an
equal mirror on the right.  Outdoor weapons practices have always been a large part of the
aikido training training at the Iwama dojo, even shortly following the war when weapons
practices were forbidden in the city.  Out on the farm in Iwama, aikido practice could be
conducted far from the watchful eye of General MacArthur.

The longtime tradition of weapons training continues in the River City Aikido system of
learning.  Brian sensei was brought into the tradition by his teacher Tim Sheldon who has
valued outdoor training and inculcated its importance into his students.  Outdoor training is
important for many reasons.  This page will hopefully point you towards beginning to
understand all of the teachings that nature can instill.

Zan-shin (Awareness)

Shugyo (daily pilgrimage)

Misogi (purfication of spirit)

Mental and Physical discipline


Harmony with nature (ai)

Connection with nature

Comfort with different elements

Awase (movement)

Takemusu (spontaneity)

These are some examples of topics to be covered.  There is so much to be learned from
training outdoors.  When you begin to practice outside regularly you begin to have the sense
that you are connected to the long lineage of warrior spirits who have taken up their practice
weapons, endured cold, rain, and bugs and persevered to improve their skills.
Jo Suburi

Tsuki No Bu

1. Choku Tsuki

2. Kaeshi Tsuki

3. Ushiro Tsuki

4. Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi

5. Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi

Shomen No Bu

1. Shomen Uchi Komi

2. Renzoku Uchi Komi

3. Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi

4. Shomen Uchi Ushiro Tsuki

5. Gyaku Yokomen Uchi Ushiro Tsuki

Katate No Bu

1. Katate Gedan Gaeshi

2. Katate Toma Uchi

3. Katate Hachi No Ji Gaeshi

Hasso Gaeshi No Bu

1. Hasso Gaeshi Uchi

2. Hasso Gaeshi Tsuki

3. Hasso Gaeshi Ushiro Tsuki

4. Hasso Gaeshi Ushiro Uchi

5. Hasso Gaeshi Ushiro Barai

Nagare Gaeshi No Bu

1. Hidari Nagare Gaeshi Uchi

2. Migi Nagare Gaeshi Tsuki

Bokken Suburi

There are seven basic, designated by
Weapons Training