There are several different styles of Jodo that have their origins in Japan. Within Kenmeikan Dojo we study Shindō Musō-ryū Jojutsu. This is our school of Jodo and has many techniques within its syllabus.
Like any martial art, this is a study which can be for life, and indeed may become a lifestyle. Techniques cannot be perfected in a few sessions. It takes commitment and time to acquire the skills of the discipline.
All students start by learning the Kihon, which is a series of basic moves without opposition. These twelve moves comprise the essentials for progression onto more advanced techniques.
A series of Kata, set patterns, has been established within Seitei Jodo, and it is on these forms, where one person uses the jo and their partner uses a bokken, wooden sword, that all gradings and competitions are based. The work is strictly controlled and as there is no free fighting, accidents are avoided. With more skilled players, such is their level of ability, it is impossible to tell the set techniques from a real conflict.
Beyond these Seitei Kata there are numerous Koryu (Old School) Kata with an emphasis on fighting effectiveness.
The Jo is a wooden staff standardised at 50 inches long with a diameter of just less than 1 inch. It is very simple and not decorated or embellished in any way. The most resilient are made from Japanese white oak.
Bokkens are made of the same material and represent the Japanese long sword called a katana. For obvious reasons real swords, possibly worth many thousands of pounds, are not used.
We highly recommend using the BKA approved supplier ninecircles.co.uk based in Gloucester for their excellent weapons which are suitable for hard training.
Alain Bangard Sensei and Jock Hopson Sensei (Back row Left 1 & 2) with the friendly folks of Jinmukan (Northampton) and Kenmukan Dojo (Milton Keynes).
At Kenmukan we learn Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.
This consists of 12 seitei forms and dozens of other 'Koryu' forms specific to our style. Additionally, as students progress they will also learn Tanjo (walking stick sized weapon) and Kenjutsu.
In the UK we are extremely lucky to have many high ranked sensei meaning that the regular BKA organised Jodo seminars deliver some of the very best teaching available. Kenmukan students will get the opportunity to learn from very high grades several times a year and training with senior Japanese sensei is an option.
8th Dan Hanshi iaido, 8th Dan Kyoshi jodo and 7th Dan Kyoshi kendo. Ishido Sensei also holds Menkyo in Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo
7th Dan Kyoshi iaido, 7th Dan Kyoshi jodo and 7th Dan Kyoshi kendo.
5th Dan iaido, 4th Dan jodo (Dojo leader)
3rd Dan iaido, 3rd Dan jodo: (Dojo secretary)