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01-05-2009, 11:44 AM
Posted 2009-01-05 11:44:02 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://vvkFQP7mlpE

Here's a YouTube video clip of the late Mitsunari Kanai sensei performing his jo kata (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvkFQP7mlpE) which, according to its description, has evolved over time.

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Christpher Crandall
01-05-2009, 02:55 PM
Actually, If you look closely it appears that sensei is demonstrating 2 different jo katas..........

01-06-2009, 09:36 AM
The first kata looks vaguely similar to Iwama's 31 jo kata ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqgoiRkmTtE )

01-06-2009, 10:22 AM
And both also resembles the 22 jo kata.

01-06-2009, 10:58 AM
It is very interesting to see the first draft what we are doning today :)

01-06-2009, 01:33 PM
This is from interview with Morihiro Saito, Aiki News #88 ( http://www.takemusu.org/patsensei/ss/aj_91.doc ) :

Was the present sanjuichi-jo (31-movement jo kata) finalized before O-Sensei's death?

Yes, by the time I learned it the kata was already complete, but when Koichi Tohei Sensei [presently head of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido] came to practice in Iwama it had not yet been perfected. What he learned was different from what I learned, probably because O-Sensei's way of instructing was not yet fully developed. When I learned under O-Sensei his teachings included all of the weapons techniques including the kumitachi. At one stage, there was no one left in Iwama except me, so I trained with O-Sensei by myself. His teaching gradually became more elaborate.

Did you teach the kumijo in Tokyo?

Not really, except to a few people in odd places such as on the rooftops of buildings. I used to teach the jo as a 27 or 28-movement form, but ended up with the 31-movement form as I found this was easier for students to understand. Just as my aikido has come to be called "Iwama-style," the "sanjuichi-jo" name that I gave to this kata has stuck.

01-25-2009, 08:34 AM
I tried to view the video again, but sadly, youtube.com replies with a "This video has been removed by the user" message :( . Does anybody know if the video is available on-line (and if so, then where)?