Shobu Aikido follows O Sensei's methods of incorporating weapon training with Tanto, Bokken, and Jo during empty hand practice. Weapon training enhances our understanding of timing, balance, intuition, body positioning, distancing and the consequences of careless and aggressive behavior. Practicing with weapons increases concentration alertness, precision, and decisiveness. In addition, weapons are a wonderful equalizer. We like to keep O Sensei's words in our minds when we pursue our own training with weapons:

 

"Aikido trains the human spirit and invokes the great spirit of peace. Holding the Bokken in my hand I absorbed the energy of the universe. I gather this ki unto my self and with my Bokken cut through all evil. You must be able to show the light of love and wisdom in your surface, else you have not grasped the true spirit of bu".