JODO

Jodo (pronounced: joe-doe) is a traditional, Japanese martial art, which is practised between two people, one person fighting with a wooden sword and one with a staff.

Created by a master swordsman, Muso Gonnosuke Katsukichi, Jodo has its roots in the Keicho period in Japan (1596-1614) and the Shindo Muso Ryu itself was founded in about 1605.

Jodo techniques incorporate the thrusting movements of the spear, sweeping movements of the Naginata and striking movements of the Bo and Sword.

Including variations, the Shindo Muso Ryu has around 67 different sets of Jo kata in different degrees of complexity as well as the 12 ZNKR Seitei Kata which were derived from them.

We practise ZNKR Seitei kata, which forms the basis for grading and competitions and Koryu, which has an older, more traditional flavour.

Gradings and seminars take place several times a year at national level as well as competitions at national and European level.