Castle Rock AIKIDO manufactures its own brand of AIKIDO wooden training weapons called MAKOTO (‘mah’-‘ko’-toe’). MAKOTO is the Japanese word for “truthfulness” or “honesty” and is one of the 7 virtues of BUSHIDO as articulated by INAZO NITOBE in 1899.
Unlike some more generic training weapons used in a variety of martial arts such as KENDO, JODO, KOBUDO, KENJUTSU and, of course, AIKIDO, these MAKOTO weapons are thoughtfully designed for AIKIDO practitioners with the specific intent of correcting several bad habits often committed by novice (and sometimes even advanced) AIKIDO students. Exquisitely beautiful in appearance, these weapons are carefully hand-crafted by a master woodworker in Colorado, USA. MAKOTO training weapons will look perfect at the front KAMIZA of your DOJO or use them for physical conditioning through TANDOKU DOSA KATA or SUBURI exercise.