The Jo is a short staff, 128 cm in length, used against an opponent with a (wooden) sword. Training in Jodo involves learning techniques through solo and paired practice, and then applying them in kata against the swordsman.

At Ojika NI men and women train in Jodo together, but we only accept under-18s under exceptional circumstances. Jodo tends to be studied alongside another Art (usually Iaido) as knowledge of handling a sword is just as important as the Jo.

The study of Jodo is vast – there are twelve modern seitei kata which form the backbone of our training and most of our study centres around this set of forms for grading and competition. Seitei is based on the classical Shinto Muso Ryu school, which comprises over 60 Jo-Sword kata in seven sets.

Ojika NI Begins Iaido Traning In April of 2018

We are very pleased to be able to say that Ojika NI has begun training in Jodo sometime since late April 2018. This has been under the guidance our our sister Club’s (Ojika New castle Upon Tyne) Dojo Leader Martin Chambers Sensei.

Martin Chambers Demonstrates Jodo.
We’re very excited to have Martin Chambers Sensei help us launch Iaido and Jodo in Northern Ireland over the coming months.

Chambers Sensei currently holds the ranks of 5th Dan Iaido, 4th Dan Kendo and 5th Dan Jodo.

So if you’re interested in Iaido or Jodo please do get in contact.

Iaido and Jodo Sessions run once per week:

Saturday 1pm to 1.30PM

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