Hataya Sensei describes gekken as the study of truth
and falsehood in swordsmanship. It is the art of
hitting your opponent when and where he does not expect
you to and determining where and when your opponent will
strike you. If you can predict your opponent's
attack, you can block and counter.
The rules are pretty simple. If you hit your
opponent anywhere without being hit at the same time,
you win. One good strike, and the match is over.
If you both hit each other at the same time, you
continue. The idea is not to beat on each other,
which leaves both people pretty bruised, and would
essentially leave you both dead in a real fight.
The gekken swords are stiff and can be used to
effectively block. On the other hand, big strikes
hurt even if they leave no lasting damage.
Gekken is Japanese sword sparring with padded swords. This is not a
sport or for kids. The padded swords are stiff so
they can be used to block properly. This can make Gekken pretty rough. Heavy armor and blunt steel
swords are even used for the finals in Gekken
tournaments in Japan.
Nihonzashi has been working on a curved version of the
Gekken sword offering enhanced impact absorption and
performance better emulating the katana. We are
happy to announce that the Japanese have approved of our
fifth generation prototype. The production version
is now be available for sale here in the states.
We are sharing the design with the Seizankai dojo, and a
Japanese version will soon be available there.
These padded swords are used for sparring. We
get them from Hataya Sensei's shop in Machida.
These are not like the foam swords available here in the
states. They are harder, stiffer, and can be used
to block attacks. This also means they hurt more
when you get hit. These are not recommended for
children and should only be used for supervised
training. They are used for practice and
tournaments in Japan. They come in both Kanata and
Nihonzashi is proud to introduce a new curved Gekken
sword that is poised to change gekken in Japan and here
in the states. These curved swords offer blocking
that better emulates a real katana. The handle is
also oval shaped giving a more realistic feel. The
heavy fabric cover is colored red and black to allow
easier judgment of strikes with the ha (edge) of the
blade. The kissaki area has been designed to have
more cushion for thrusts. The main blade is
cushioned with four layers of different foam to maximize
impact absorption and durability. This fifth
generation sword is the result of torture testing of our
four previous generations of prototype Gekken swords in
the dojo. We rate this sword for less pain and
You must use head gear with the Gekken Padded swords.
This head gear provides protection from blows the the
head and face while allowing maximum visibility.
We do not sell weapons to anyone under the age
of 18 without permission and consent of a parent or legal guardian. These are
real weapons and not toys. They are very sharp and should always be treated with
care. Be careful to never put yourself or
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