Originally posted by Sherman Byas It is known that O-Sensei studied the yari, or spear of Hozoin Ryu, which bears some resemblance to Aiki-jo,
Well I spent a whole morning training with the Hozoin Ryu boys in Nara and although there is no way you can say I saw it all several things come to mind.
Those yari are long - up to 12 feet.
The main stance as my suffering thighs learnt was very much like a horse stance.
A lot of thrusting and counter with the tip, especially with the cross blade.
With that cross-blade there was some nasty cutting action on the back-pull.
I really do not see the connection between Aiki-Jo and Hozoin Ryu but like I said my experience with both is limited.