Jodo (Stick Fighting)


Date & Time: Every Thursday 8:00 pm to 9:15 pm

Class Fee: $15 (Iaido students get $5 discount)

 

We are offering a workshop in Shinto Muso Ryu (SMR) jodo.  Jodo is a stick-fighting art that dates back several hundred years.  Its original purpose was non-lethal control of a swordsman.  Jodo developed as a law-enforcement practice during the Edo Period (1602-1868).  Policemen in Japan today still practice it.

 

Jodo consists solely of two-person kata practice, in which the swordsman attacks but is subdued by the person wielding the stick.  Jodo practice includes some light contact, but no grappling or free-sparring.


About Instructor

 

Our jodo workshop is conducted under the supervision of Dan Pearson, a menkyo (license-holder) certified by the Nihon Jodokai (Tokyo) under Shihan Kaminoda Tsunemori.  Peter Boylan, Zen Ken Renmei Jodo 4th dan, also supervises the practice.  The workshop leader is Deborah Klens-Bigman.