Jodo is a traditional Japanese self-defense art dating from the early 17th century, primarily involving the use of a 4’ oak staff, though for young students we begin with the short stick (tanjojutsu) and Japanese sword techniques (kenjutsu) that are also included in the jodo syllabus. Wooden weapons practice is done both individually (kihon) and in pairs (kata) to pre-arranged patterns. Students only do paired practice with the teachers/seniors at first.
The original concept of jodo was to subdue a sword-wielding adversary in a non-lethal way. Modern jodo seeks to develop the individual. The introduction to our Japanese training manual notes that the benefits of jodo said to be of greatest value are:
- Develop courtesy, truthfulness, sincerity and patience
- Through regular practice, the body becomes stronger and more active
- Through practising the techniques, posture becomes improved
- You gain confidence and have a better sense of judgement in everyday life
- Overall, you will have a better relationship with others
We also believe that to teach young students fighting techniques without first forging the spirit, heightening awareness and giving practical and moral guidance is irresponsible at best and dangerous at worst.
Furthermore, we like the students to enjoy themselves!