The NIA Aikido Club incorporates weapons into its self defence training. The weapons consist of a jo, which is a wooden staff, a bokken, which is a wooden samurai sword, and a tanto, which is a wooden knife.
Due to insurance restrictions, live blades are NOT used during normal training sessions. Students, however, are instructed to train with the same focus and awareness as if they were using live weapons. NIA Aikido also hosts various weapons and Aikido courses during the year.
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
- Morihei Ueshiba