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Seth Jackson
10-05-2003, 07:50 PM
I had the pleasure of attending a small seminar today and for the next few days with an 8th dan from japan. Ofcourse I have only been trainning for a few months at this point and was over my head 95% of the time but I feel I got tons out of the experience already. We did some jo work that was based on ikkyo, nikkyo ect and they would be useful for trainning at home. We dont really do that much jo work in class and wanted to know if I could get some guides on the net to these moves so I can have them for refrence. There was so much we did that It all really started to bleed together and I got lost quite a bit. It was paired practice..started with a a couple of skee(sp?) thrusts and then a few shomen type cuts with the jo. Anyone know what I am talking about or could direct me to some info on the net for it?


10-05-2003, 08:33 PM
Check the left hand navigation of this very site titled “weapons”, and you’ll see some of the jo terminology and katas.

Don’t know of many sites that don’t have the same info as this site (they probably got it from this site).

Morihiro Saito’s books are the best (IMO), but I seem to remember a book titled “Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff” by Dave Lowry that was pretty decent as well (http://spiritdimension.com/martial-arts-books/013/dave-lowry-jo--art-of-the-japanese-short-staff.htm)

Morihiro Saito also has some videos on Aiki-ken (the sword) and Aiki-jo (the staff) over on the Aiki Journal site (http://www.aikidojournal.com/, products section)


Seth Jackson
10-05-2003, 08:42 PM
thanks bruce.

I looked through akiweb and didnt see what we were doing today. I have a few jo katas saved here and there but not having any luck finding what we were doing today... damn my non-photographic memory. blah ;)


10-05-2003, 10:07 PM
This isn't exactly what you're after, but perhaps it will trigger a few memories?



10-06-2003, 08:04 AM
Seth. It might help if we knew who the 8th dan was. There are a lot of different weapons systems out there although Saito is probably the most comprehensive.

John Boswell
10-06-2003, 10:53 AM
There are very few video guides on the net as far as Aikido goes. An excellent site for hand techniques is this one:


As far as weapons work goes, your best bet is to find video's on them. Anything with Saito Sensei will serve you well. However, at THIS site:


... you will find some video of weapons work under their 4th Kyu AVI section.

As anyone will tell you, practice is the only way to actually get it! Hope this helps. Good luck and keep training!

John Boswell
10-06-2003, 11:12 AM
Ikeda Sensei at Boulder Aikikai has a few more video's I just found:


His video's are also excellent I understand. He even has a good DVD out there. :) Gotta luv DVD.