Jodo, or the way of the stick, is the Japanese art of using a 4 foot wooden staff or Jo, to combat a sword wielding opponent.
Jodo training involves the study of basic movements and prearranged attack and defence movements.
As with other Budo arts, Jodo is designed to preserve the ancient combat techniques, but with the aim of helping the modern student to achieve control over mind and body through repeated practice. Training develops timing, spatial awareness, coordination, posture, decisiveness, and focus.
International Kendo Federation (FIK) - is the internationally recognised world-wide federation of national Kendo, Iaido and Jodo.
Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR) is the FIK recognised organisation in Australia. It is also recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) to develop Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in Australia.
ACT Kendo Renmei (ACTKR) - is the AKR recognised affiliate organisation for the devlopment of Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in the ACT.
Study principally involves the solo and paired Kihon (basic movements) and paired Seitei Kata (standard forms) of the All Japan Kendo Federation or Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR). The original Seitei Iaido curriculum was developed as a subset of Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, a 17th Century Koryu (a term for Japanese martial arts that predate the Meiji era).
The art has its origins in 17th century Japan with the founder Muso Gonnosuke, a master of kenjutsu (sword) and bojutsu (6 foot staff). Legend has it that he developed the Jo as a weapon to successfully overcome the famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. The art of the Jo subsequently became one of the combat arts of the Kuroda Clan based in present Fukuoka until the 20th century when it was transmitted throughout Japan, and more recently the world.
The 12 Seitei Kata are the basis of a system of training that offers significantly challenging yet rewarding study. The movements are often simple but can be very difficult to master. Ongoing practice builds the skill and understanding needed to perform each kata with precision and control.
For more advanced students, deeper study of Jodo is achieved through the practise of Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.