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JODO (Way of the Stick) By Michael Belzer Sensei

JODO - The Way of the Stick
Defense against the Japanese Sword
By Michael Bilzer Sensei
Michael Belzer is a lifelong martial artist with over 50 years of experience in a variety of fighting arts achieving his 8th Dan in Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, Advanced Instructor in Serrada Escrima and Gomokuroku in Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu. Michael began his training in Shindo Muso Ryu in 1974 at the age of 18 at the Rembukan Dojo under the 25th Headmaster of the art, Shimizu Takaji in Japan. He continued his training in the art in 1979, in Malaysia when he became a student of Donn F. Draeger, who was the first foreigner ever allowed to study and train in this Classical Martial Art of Japan. In 2008, he met Steven Bellamy-sensei, a Menkyo Kaiden (complete Transmission) of SMR and became his Deshi (personal student) to learn the advanced aspects of the art by making regular trips to Japan.

The Art of the Jo Jodo – “The Way of the Stick” is a traditional Japanese fighting art which uses a 4 ft. staff against a wooden training sword, known as a bokken, in a series of pre-arranged forms known as kata. The jo gained fame in the year 1605 when it was used in a duel, against the most famous swordsman in Japan, Musashi Miyamoto by the founder of Shindo Muso Ryu, Muso Gonnosuke. Musashi suffered his only defeat (in more than 60 contests, often ending in death) as Muso wielded his new weapon, the jo against Musashi’s famous “two sword” style. Over 400 years later, the jo is still being put to practical use today by the Tokyo Riot Police. The police use Shindo Muso Ryu as their training method for the jo. Training with weapons will develop your intensity, power, focus and awareness in ways that empty hand training cannot do. In this seminar/workshop you will learn some of the basic strikes, training drills and kata of jodo. You will also be introduced to the traditional customs, precepts and etiquette of a famous koryu – “old flow” fighting art of Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu.


Jodo, Kusarigama, Jutte, Tanjo
on the occasion of Budoembu of Aikikai Vienna
Jodo Katas: ushiro zue go, kengome, shinshin, kage no monomi, mijin zen, sakan no midare, kasumi no midare

Jodo 5th dan examination in Yokohama

JO-JUTSU Shinto Muso-ryu - Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai 75th Anniversary

Taken from the 75th anniversary of the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai, Tokyo, on the 15th August, 2010.

Jodo Jojutsu - part 1 of 5

Jodo Demonstration by Masayuki Shimabukuro Hanshi

Demonstration of Jodo by Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi and Carl Long, Shihan. Filmed in Hiroshima, Japan in October 2005.

Introduction to Jodo

Kenji Matsui explains the new Jodo moves as fixed by the All Japan Kendo Federation in 2003. There are 12 basic moves and 12 sets of moves. Because both hands are used, Jodo is one of the ancient fighting techniques that extremely improves body balance.
Guidance and performance: Kenji Matsui


Paris Takai 2005.
Matsumura Sensei et Matsui Sensei
Démonstration Jodo Shindo Muso ryu

Jodo Demonstration - Kagamibiraki 2019

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Jodo Demonstration during the 2019 Kagamibiraki & Budo Hajime, at the Nippon Budokan.

Demonstration by Fujisaki Kōrō, Jodo Shihan 8th Dan, and Tsuriga Toshio, Jodo Shihan 8th Dan.

The Kagamibiraki is a traditional ceremony which translates to opening the mirror (symbolically).
Taking its roots in the Shogunate, it is strongly linked to Budo practice and it is natural that the Budo Hajime (first practice of the year) is celebrated at the same time.

At the Nippon Budokan, the ceremony is held at the beginning of January and consists in:
- The Kagamibiraki, with a historical reconstruction (in armor).
- Budo Demonstrations (by the 9 official Budo).
- Budo Hajime (first practice of the year, all practitioners present can practice).
- The Oshiruko kai. “Oshiruko” is a traditional and popular sweet azuki bean paste soup with mochi (which symbolize the sharing of the mochi that was broken before during the ceremony).

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JODO Demonstration - 16World Kendo Championships

第16回世界剣道選手権大会 杖道演武

Jodo Demonstration - 16World Kendo Championships
31st May 2015, Nipponbudokan

Shimizu Takaji Jodo (2)

Shimizu Takaji demonstrates Shindo Muso-Ryu Jojutsu.

Jodo Seitei

Le basi e i kata ( montaggio by Aikikai Napoli )

Jodo demonstration Matsumura Sensei

ZNKR Seitei Jodo Kihon Tandoku with Callouts

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Tom performs the Kihon Tandoku from the Seitei Jodo curriculum of the ZNKR, with the callouts.

Jodo Nedir?

Jodo Nedir? İstanbul - Oğuzhan Ulvi Başkurt - Sensei
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Shindō Musō Ryū Jōdō Seitei kata Midare Dome et Ran Ai

Tominaga Shozo sensei et Frédéric Méjias sensei en démonstration de Shindō Musō Ryū Jōdō lors du stage exceptionnel à Paris, en Juin 2013.

Shinto muso ryu embu Matsumura sensei (1)

Shimizu Takaji Jodo (1)

Shimizu Takaji demonstrates Shindo Muso-Ryu Jojutsu.

Jodo Demo in Toowoomba

Demonstration of Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, at the Toowoomba Language and Culture Festival. Participants: Katsuhiko Arai, Addo, Glen Henry and Rembuden Dojo.

44th All Japan Jodo Tournament — 7-dan Final

44th All Japan Jodo Tournament
October 8, 2017
Tokyo Budokan

7-dan Final

(RED) Kobayashi Rikichi & Takahashi Shin (Hiroshima) vs. (WHITE) Otofuji Mitsuko & Kanemura Mari (Fukuoka)



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