These Black Oak Bokken are called this because they are black coloured are mainly used by Ninjutsu practitioners but are perfectly suited for many Japanese Martial Arts styles. Rather than being made from Black Oak, which is a very rare and expensive wood, they are painted black. This means it is possibel to own a black coloured Bokken without having to have one custom made at great expense. People love them for the colour they are very tough and durable as they are made from Red Oak wood, like so many Japanese and Chinese training weapons.
Mostly people will use these for solo practice drills but they are very suitable for partner work and sparring practice too. They also are perfect for practicing defences against attacks with a bokken in styles such as Ju Jitsu, Ninjitsu and Aikido. They are the standard katana length of 42 inches, so when you are ready you have the experience of training with that length before you move onto a real katana. Each individual wooden bokken has it own feel. In an ideal world, you would want to get your hands on a few a choose from the selection. This way you can find a bokken you love and is perfect for your needs. Come into the shop if you are nearby and try them all out.
Either way you'll be buying a good solid, reliable training bokken suitable for most Japanese Martial Arts and one that if you look after it will last you a lifetime. They fit out Plastic saya for bokken we have at Enso Martial Arts so if you want to practice your drawing it is well worth getting an inexpensive saya too. Comes with a plastic tsuba, thats comes in black.
Doug Swift - Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop
All Bokken at Enso Martial Arts Shop are the standard bokken length but there can be minor variations on thickness and weight.
If you’re not sure on what is best for you, please contact us at our shop to discuss your best choice, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]
The black oak bokken is an incredible training weapon for martial artists to use. The structure is strong and the wood is very durable, this will last you very long. It is 101cm so I recommend 13+ to use this as it may be to heavy (586g) for younger kids. I’m very pleased with this, it is exactly what I wanted and more.