I should begin by saying, as an outsider, I am a big fan of many technical aspects of Jukendo & Tankendo. Previously, I had included Jukendo on articles on the spear however this did not do Jukendo justice and as Jukendo and Tankendo are separate forms of Budo in their own right I have elected to expand on some things (and ignore some others) in an attempt to give an overview of these two martial arts.
Interestingly, the vast majority of current Jukendo & Tankendo ‘players’ are within the Japanese military and it is not as mainstream as many other Budo. The profile of these arts has been raised recently with the Japanese government decision to include bayonet arts in the list of those suitable for school curriculums (not without some criticism).
There is no doubt that these arts are somewhat sanitised compared to all-out bayonet arts (including their Japanese predecessors), however, I do not have any insight as to what else is taught in the Japanese military in terms of bayonet nor do I know if Jukendo dojo expand upon the general curriculum in any fashion.
One of the things about military arts is they have solid basics, something that is very hard to extract from many older spear forms without deconstructing them a little.
The reader should keep in mind I am a Jujutsu practitioner and whilst I have an interest in bayonet in general I have no exposure to Jukendo other than what I observe. I will cover some of the things I particularly like about Jukendo & Tankendo in future articles.
One of the possible drawbacks of these arts is the amount of equipment needed. In order to practice safely both training weapons and protective equipment are required.
Practice of bayonet patterns and forms without Bogu. One of the things I particularly like about Jukendo & Tankendo is the asymmetric nature of many of the Kata.
Sparring with full Bogu, in the same manner as competitive matches.
General Jukendo & Tankendo
Jukendo World website https://jukendo.world/en/
Jukendo World Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBzKeq54JJUiXO3DuYoRg6g
All Japan Jukendo Federation http://www.jukendo.info/english
Jukendo UK http://www.jukendo.co.uk/index.html
Jukendo Melbourne Facebook Page @jukendomelb
Period Japanese Weapons
Nambu World website http://www.nambuworld.com/otherjweapons.htm
On The Introduction of Jukendo to Japanese Schools