Japanese stick fighting art

Jodo, the way of the stick, is a Japanese martial art in which the one with a wooden stick (126 cm long, 2.4 cm diameter), called the Jo, defends himself against a swordsman. Unlike the sword, the stick can be used at both ends. It can be used to make hits and strikes.

In this martial art the stick techniques of the spear, alongside the swinging movements of Naginata (which is a long lance with a blade on the end) and the hitting strikes of Bo are all brought together. A strike by JO can even bend and break a good sword blade!

Jodo is mainly practiced in pairs, with one partner in the role of the swordsman and the other one as the stick fighter. The goal of the training is not only the perfection of effective techniques. A minimalistic but important training goal is the character and personality training. Accuracy, timing and reaction are of great importance and thus contribute to the training of the mind and the responsiveness of the Jodoka (Jodo-practitioner).

Our Jodo style is taught in the traditon of Shindo Muso Ryu and in accordance with ZNKR (Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei) regulations.

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