Originally posted by kowey
Noted... i was trying to do the other way round.
Oh... really? Number 9 in the posted jo kata page says "you begin with L foot forward, L hand on top". Would that be a mistake, or a stylistic difference? I'll try seeing if that feels natural enough. Or maybe i'll just adopt the Fudebakudo-ryu techniques, probably way more compatible with my current state of Aikido anyway.
Thanks for the help.
o The 31 kata that we do is the standard across all Iwama dojo and many others. There are variations, but by-and-large, they aren't major.
o In the kata as we do it, step 9 is an ushiro barai
. The hands are as in ken kamae
. The hands transition from gaeshi tsuki kamae
to ken kamae
at step 5 and stay that way through the gyaku uchi
at step 11. Step 12 is nothing but a swap of the hands from ken kamae
to choku tsuki kamae
o I'm as certain of this as I am that my name is "Greg".
o I've never seen a technique in any of the aiki-jo or aiki-ken that involves holding either as in ken kamae
but with the right hand on the rear of the jo; i.e., with the hands swapped. That would be _weird_.
o The 31 kata that you're referring to might be different. If so, well, as the church lady said on SNL, "Never Mind".