Bayonet v Sword  partner drills JUKENDO

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Juken-do incorporates the bayonet or short sword tanken and the rifle with fixed bayonet mokuju.

European 17 th Century muskets, having fired their ball, needed constant re-loading which, on the battle-field, was a nuisance as an enemy could close in while poring powder down the barrel. Also, in close combat, it was of great help to have a sharp and pointed spike attached to the front of the fire-arm, so it could, besides clubbing an enemy to death, used also as a type of spear for attack or defence.

The Japanese WW2 Type 30 bayonet had a blade length of 40 cm and weighted 700 gr., and when fixed on the Type 30 Arisaka rifle (length 1.28m; weight 3.95kg), the total length and weight, including the fixed bayonet would be 1.66m and 4.65kg respectively.

The mokuju (wooden rifle + bayonet) used in juken-do is mostly made of white or red oak with a length of 1.66m and a weight of 1.1kg

Japanese soldiers, highly trained in the military bayonet-fighting art, would often eliminate the enemy with a quick thrust that seemed to come out of nowhere.

Jukendo can be broken down into: fixed bayonet v fixed bayonet; fixed bayonet v sword; fixed bayonet v bayonet; and bayonet v bayonet.