I have had the privilege of emailing with Ellis Amdur about the different types of woods used for practice weapons and in particular, bokken.  He and I will be sharing thoughts on our respective sites, and I encourage others to go to his page and see his thoughts on what he considers to be good types of wood for impact weapons training:

http://arakiryu.org/wp/?page_id=544

In the meantime, check out the above video from his page and see the type of impact that bokken takes!

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