The Rhode Island Budo Academy is an official dojo of the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International
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 can be used alone in kata or paired with other weapons in practice sessions, and it has historical links with the Japanese katana. .
The Jo staff has a very unique history among many arts and cultures:
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.
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.
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 with this simple but humbling weapon within so many arts. Jojutsu is no different in that we utilize this 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
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!