Work to perfect your character
Have fidelity in seeking
Cultivate a spirit of endeavor
Always act with good manners
Refrain from violent and
This section includes,
Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo is comprised of the 12
Kihon, 64 Kata, many Henka waza (Variations of kata), and several other
assimilated martial art schools (Fuzoku Ryuha) in addition to the tachi, resulting in a deep and
complex discipline. Jodo is considered one of the most difficult
martial arts because there is simply so much to learn.
The Kihon are derived from
Kata, and were developed and implemented into the training curriculum by
Shimizu Sensei. Jodo techniques were created to counter the
strengths of other weapons. Therefore, when practicing Kata, it
always appears that the Uchidachi, tachi wielder, is defeated.
The curriculum is typically taught in
the following sequence:
**Note: The words in bold print
are part of the original 64 kata
Kihon techniques (12
Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei
Seitei Jodo Kata (12 Kata)
Omote (12 Kata)
Chudan (13 Kata)
Ran Ai (long and short swords)
Kasumi Shinto Ryu Ken Jutsu
Kage (14 Kata)
Samidare (or Satsuki
Ame) (6 Kata)
Uchida Ryu Tanjo Jutsu
Gohon no Midare (5 Kata)
Shiaikuchi) (12 Kata)
Isshin Ryu Kusarigama Jutsu
Ikkaku Ryu Jutte Jutsu
Ittatsu Ryu Hojo Jutsu
(25 Ties plus several undocumented ties)
Gokui Kata (Menkyo
Kaiden only) (5 Kata)
Matsumura no Jo (25 Kata)
Matsubayashi Ryu Jujutsu (52 Techniques)
Training Principles: Why Jodo is Effective
Jodo training ventures far
beyond teaching physical technique. The following "principles" are
taught to develop the proper mental focus. A deep understanding of
these principles in action are the essence of Shinto Muso Ryu Jo Jutsu.
As you progress in your training, I am sure you can identify other
principles besides the ones listed below.
The following principles can only
be learned through Sotai Renshu, 2 person practice. A student can
learn many kata and have smooth technique, but without Sotai dosa, it is
impossible to develop the concentration, physical and mental
flexibility, and intuitive awareness of the opponent`s intentions.
Ma-Ai, distance, refers to
the space between the Shidachi and Uchidachi. The stick is
versatile, flexible and advantageous over the sword because of
its longer length. However, there is NO EFFECT if the distance
is too short or too long: Too short and the Shidachi gets
cut by the sword; too long and there is no impact.
Ri-Ai, timing, is the
second crucial element, and both are necessary. Good
timing without proper distance is ineffective. Perfect
distance and poor timing is no good either. Together,
distance and timing make the Jo a formidable and powerful
You are not
doing yourself or your partner any favors by missing
when you strike. If you deliberately try to avoid
hitting the other person, you are not being effective.
Consider Boxers: How long would a boxer last in
the ring if they tried to avoid hitting their opponent?
Remember that Jodo is meant to be effective and that
requires 2 things: Distance (Ma-ai) and Timing (Ri-ai).
A definition of
Zanshin is, "being in the moment." It is a state of pure
concentration and total awareness as opponents face each other and spar.
There are different
levels of intensity. Have you ever heard someone say something
like, "Just one look from that guy will stop you dead in your
tracks"? It is the energy of this kind of intense focus
that explains how someone can "dominate another person`s spirit
and subdue them."
Keep your eyes
and 100% of your concentration on your opponent at all
times. Many people make the mistake of relaxing
and losing focus before and after a kata. Even
while doing "Osame" I have had partners that relaxed
their concentration and even started goofing around.
Jo and Tachi
are both weapons. Never let down your guard.
Always be watching. Stay focused. Uchidachi
is always looking for a way to get the advantage over
Shidachi. Likewise, Shidachi is always looking for
a way to "BONK" Uchidachi.
the act of threatening an opponent with the Jo pointed
between opponent`s eyes, is an example of Zanshin
Effective posture - includes not
only your stance, but your attitude and bearing as well.
4. Ki Ai,
Ki-ai is "Eh" when
striking, and "Ho" when thrusting.
There are several
reasons for Ki-ai:
- for your opponent and others that may be practicing nearby.
- Ki-Ai at the time of impact forces the person to exhale
while releasing all their energy and power at once. It is
dangerous to hold your breathe when sparring; at risk of doing the Valsalva Maneuver.
Psyched - Ki-Ai is a way to self-encourage, overcome fear,
and commit all out to the action.
Maintaining an unshakable spirit of
calmness. Set your mind, be determined, rooted and stable both
mentally and physically. Please read:
Keep a flexible, open mind. This
requires patience, the ability to set aside your opinions,
previous experiences and biases, and a passion to learn. Develop
a mental state of allowing - an attitude of no resistance.
An attitude that combines
perseverance, persistence, and tenacity. Hold fast to your
course of action and your beliefs. Be relentless!
8. Muga Mushin,
A pure mental state, completely
empty of self (ego), emotion, thought. Please read:
An offensive attack using the
Jo to threaten someone.
Sen no Sen
which is distinctly different from a defensive reaction. Sen no Sen involves knowing and predicting the opponents
strategy and moves, identifying the weaknesses, and deliberately
countering their move.
Note: The first Sen-no-sen
technique is in Oshizume (Chudan Series).
Go no Sen
A simultaneous, or
mutual, attack. (This is a concept that is important to know
but be aware that it is difficult to do, and does not happen
within the practice of kata.)