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Old 05-08-2006, 09:24 AM   #26
Dirk Hanss
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Dojo: Aikidoschule Trier
Location: Merzkirchen
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 471
Re: benefits of jo practice?

Jamie Julien wrote:
Anyone know where I could find good jo-waza dvd's for supplemental training!
I just ordered "The stuff of Aikido" by Mitsugi Saotome. I cannot tell you much about the DVD, I just know Saotome as an admirable shihan.

And while I never believe in style on aikido - kata and kumitachi of weapons training is quite different from shihan to shihan, so I do not know, if it is prudent to take any of the good ones. Maybe you better ask your sensei or your organisation.

Kind regards Dirk
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:45 AM   #27
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Dojo: Aikido Verein Esslingen
Location: Duisburg
Join Date: Mar 2005
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Re: benefits of jo practice?

Personally I feel the benefits of using a jo are that Aikido can be practiced
I agree, any excuse will do for me...

My teacher emphasizes a lot of very detailed stuff when we work with the jo.
What I find very helpful is the different ways of changing the distance to your partner by leading the jo in different ways.
But what I enjoy most is playing with the different levels in which one can turn or twist the jo (as a lever) easily without any force at all. That has also taught me a lot for te waza. The whole lever idea is pretty much missing when working with a sword (at least I believe so - please correct me if I am wrong, because we donīt work with the sword very often and I am not so familiar with it).
Distance and maai are apparent when working with the sword as well as when working with the jo, so thatīs not so different, I guess.
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Old 05-14-2006, 02:01 PM   #28
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Re: benefits of jo practice?

I think that the staff is probably one a very small handful of weapons that has utilitarian use in that it can be a walking stick for hikes, and you can use it to help stretch too.

A secret of internal strength?:
"Let your weight from the crotch area BE in his hands."
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