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The Hokyo reinforce the Kotebuton against the impacts  of the Shinai and the frictions.

It exists different Hokyo:

  • Inside : Hokyo on the interior part of Tsutsu
  • Outside : Hokyo on the exterior part of Tsutsu
  • Upper : Hokyo on the top half part of the Tsutsu

Materials:

  • Tetknit : Material really fast to dry, used mainly for washable Bougu and part in contact with a lot of sweat. It is a synthetic material.
  • Orizashi : Material that dry fast and lighter than other material. The fiber are however more exposed. It is made from cotton dyied with Aizome. 
  • Momen : Standard material used for the Futon of Bogu. It is made from cotton died with Aizome.
  • Velvet (Inside only) : The velvet is one of the most confortable material which can be used for Bogu, but it dries less easily and requires more maintenance. 
  • Clarino/ Synthetic deerskin : Material with a look and properties close to deerskin. 
  • Deerskin/ Shikagawa : The most resistant material used for Bogu. It allies a great sturdiness with great flexibility. It is, however, more difficult to dry than other material, and require more maintenance.
    • Chagawa : Normal Shikagawa which has been smocked to improve its resistance and durability. Well known for its unique smell.
    • Kongawa : Normal Shikagawa which has been smocked to improve its resistance and durability. It has been dye with Aizome. The smell is fainter that Chagawa.
    • Shirakawa : Bleached deerskin which has not been dyied. It is more delicate and flexible than Chagawa and Kongawa.
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