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Playing with Jo

October 7, 2009

I got myself a jo about a month ago, and I’ve been taking it out and playing with it regularly.

I’ve never been taught any official jo techniques, so my practice has been made up mainly of furi, uchi (jodan, gedan toh tsuki) and some sanshin type stuff. When I got it from the shop the lady said something along the lines of “what kind of workout can you get with that?” My reply was “If I wanted a workout I’d do push-ups!” But after a month of seriously playing with the jo, and I find my arms and legs all wobbly, I think I’m getting more of a workout than I planned for.

And that’s good! ๐Ÿ™‚

As I said, I’ve never been taught the official Bujinkan jo waza, so I did whatever I remembered from hanbo instead. I used to think that people were needlessly anal about the difference between hanbo and jo length, since they are about a foot apart in length. That was in the days before I did more kenjutsu. Now that I’ve done a lot more kenjutsu, I realized that one foot makes a LOT of difference! A jo gives the wielder a large advantage over an opponent with a katana!

A few years back we had a small class and my shidoshi showed us some bo vs katana material. There wasn’t enough bo to go around, so I used a jo instead and used tai sabaki to make up the difference in length. My shidoshi didn’t comment on it, so I assumed that I did the distance correctly! ๐Ÿ™‚ But that does give me a sense of where to go next when I start getting bored with what I am working on now. I can start looking at the bojutsu material and practice those. Goho, Ura Goho and all that, even though they are not meant for bo per se, will certainly help me get more proficient in handling a stick.

And besides, I AM going to get a bo soon, so that I can put in some REAL work on it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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