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Jodo is a Japanese martial art that uses a wooden staff (jo) to defend against an attacker using a sword.

Jodo is derived from Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu, a school established almost 400 years ago by Muso Gonnosuke, who was a master swordsman in the line of the Katori Shinto Ryu. Muso Gonnosuke’s insight was to utilize a short staff that, although longer than a sword, was short enough to be reversed quickly so that both ends can be used easily. This insight resulted in a remarkably flexible weapon that combines the striking motions of the sword, the stabbing motions of the spear, and the sweeping motions of the naginata.

Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu came to be studied by the military police of the Tokugawa period. The samurai who made up the military police were often prohibited by law from killing their assailants, so Shindo Musu Ryu Jojutsu techniques evolved to enable the defeat and control of an attacking swordsman without killing. The techniques thus demanded a very high level of skill, which contributes to the continuing vitality of this martial art today.

Shindo Muso Ryu was eventually opened to the general public in the early 1900s and the Jodo curriculum was established in 1968 by a committee created by All Japan Kendo Federation.



LUIS, Steve (Jodo 6th Dan)