Jo Staff and Jujutsu

  The Rhode Island Budo Academy is an official dojo of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International

Jo Staff

The Jo staff is used for spearing, hitting, or deflecting a strike from an opponent, and so much more…

Sword arts are somewhat similar to Jo staff in that they both involve fencing techniques to a degree, but they differ in the overall nature and strategies that are used. Jo techniques can also be fast and sharp, using angular attacks and defensive moves. The teachings of Jo is done through Kata.

The Jo staff has a very unique history among many arts and cultures:

Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), the founder of Aikido, adapted the Jo with the intent to teach the principles of Aikido. His use of the Jo is called Aikijo. His Philosophy for the Jo staff a weapon of choice when harming or killing your opponent is not the desired result.

Some feel the art of JO was founded by Muso Gonnasuke Katsuyo in the early Edo period (1603–1868) and defeated legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi in a duel.

Jōjutsu has also been adapted for use in the Japanese police force, who refer to the art as keijō-jutsu.

There is so much history is this simple but humbling weapon within so many arts. Kempo and Jujutsu is no different in that we utilize the weapon based on our octagonal movements and principals of natural law while studying the weapon’s rich history in an attempt to preserve these arts. JO Staff can be very challenging and rewarding


Sho Chiku Bai Jujutsu

Sho Chiku Bai Jujutsu Has roots from Japan. its a modern hybrid martial art that blends together the hard linear motions of Karate with the circular motions of Jujutsu. It also brings together the arts of Grappling, Kicking and Punching as well as Joint Locks and Throwing techniques into an effective system of Self Defense and more importantly the understanding of yourself! 

The self preserving art of Sho Chiku Bai Jujutsu is a humbling ancient MMA style Japanese art that is comprised of Concepts and Principals. It’s not limited to a catalog of self defense techniques. It’s a study of the Human body and how it works. You not only learn the techniques but HOW and WHY they work. Kempo was originally and is still taught in our advanced sessions as a study of natural law. Because of this, the art is always evolving and growing into current trends and applications. You not only learn the techniques, but the concepts and strategies of how they work.

The system does utilize the Kyu/Dan ranking system. Promotions are considered carefully and rarely given. We do not use belts and stripes as a means of additional income. As a result promotions are rarely given and only to dedicated practitioners with an understanding of the art, not physical abilities.

We do not teach watered down martial arts. As a member here you will get proper conceptual and technical teachings from authentic instructors that also continue their training on a regular basis. Lessons are usually done in smaller groups to be sure you are getting quality instruction, just as these arts were passed down from student to teacher for generations. Please feel free to contact us about our qualifications and lineage/authenticity.

  Additional reasons students train in the arts aside from self defense is that we recognize the health benefits. We all need an outlet for daily stress in life. Training with us can provide that. Our programs not only make you more fit by burning calories and making you stronger, you will also release built up tension and decompress the stress you build up each day!

Have you joined a gym only to pay for a membership that you don’t use? Sounds like it’s boring and that it’s not doing it for you. Martial arts provides excitement and stimulates your mind in many ways. There is so much to learn and experience. It’s a lifetime study!

Sensei Driscoll leading Pinan Kata During Kempo Boot camp

NO Martial arts experience? We encourage you to come for a visit! Our beginner sessions are a great way to enter into these wonderful arts. No age is to old. Unlike competitive arts, Japanese Jujutsu grows older with you. Many of our members are both beginners to the arts as well as coming from other arts like Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kung-Fu, MMA, Krav Maga and others. They enjoy utilizing Jujutsu in their practice both in our club and other dojos that they train at. Practitioners from our club respect all other arts and we enjoy both teaching and learning from others by sharing!

We strive to keep our self defense training as realistic as possible while maintaining strong safety standards. Safety and well being is our upmost Philosophy.

Break away from your routine boring workouts and contact us for an introductory lesson or two at no charge to see how we can improve your life!

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