Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo
"The Way of the Stick" has a curriculum that takes the practitioner through a series of ever more complex steps of wielding the stick against the sword. Eventually a very old style of kenjutsu or sword fighting is learned. Jodo also incorporates the tanjo, a shorter stick, the jutte or truncheon, the kusarigama or sickle and chain and a rope tying art called hojojutsu. Like Iaido there are forms or kata to be learned within the Koryu as well as practice sets for when diverse groups come together to train known as seiteigata.
Kihon: This relatively new set of movements adopted into the SMRJ(Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo) was a reflection of the genius of it's principal author Shimizu Sensei. Twelve (really 13) kihon or basic movements isolate important repetitive movements found within kata for skills development. The importance of kihon can not be overstated. Typically every class at minimum starts with kihon. These movements also warm up the body and prepare the student for other exercises. Paired drills called Sotai Renshu are also practiced. The kihonare modified slightly to adjust to partnered training.
Sincere training in kihon pays big dividends as continued training reveals better or deeper understanding. Many folks like to rush to kata and on to more and more kata but I suggest that it is best to slow down and view each kihon as a "mini" kata. Kihon will not however replace the lessons learned in kata.
本手打 Honteuchi HON-Basic
逆手打 Gyakuteuchi GYAKU-Reverse
引落打 Hikiotoshi uchi HIKI-Pull
返突 Kaeshi Zuki KAESHI-Pull and draw
逆手突 Gyakutetsuki TSUKI-Thrust
巻落 Makiotoshi MAKI-Roll 繰付 Kuritsuke KURI-Coiling 繰放 Kurihanashi HANASHI-Release 体当 Taiatari TAI ATARI-Hit Body 突外打 Tsukihazushi uchi HAZUSHI-Reset
胴払打 Dobarai uchi BARAI-Sweep 体外打 右 Migi-right Taihazushi uchi migi HAZUSHI -Reset 体外打 左 Hidari-left Taihazushi uchi hidari TAI-- Body
(Partial translations are designed to help understand the basic meaning of the kanji. To avoid redundantcy we haven't carried over the translation for each conjugation. The operative kanji/tranlation is in bold font) Revised for Rembukan Dojo 20th year anniversary Aug. 6th, 2009
Kata: There is little solid academic research to identify when various kata were introduced or incorporated into the SMRJ. I would genuinely appreciate any valid information on this subject as well as the reasoning for the practice of some of the kata in which the mysteries of the lessons have yet to reveal themselves to this author. Having confessed this I would add that every kata in the order presented has an uncanny way of reinforcing movements that are less than obvious but needed as a foundation for the next kata or series of kata. This is one of the reasons why I find the study of Jodo profound. I could not imagine tiring of the study of SMRJ. One of the "gifts" that come from ongoing study is that advanced study compels the practitioner to go back and re-examine and re-learn the more basic kata that are first taught.
Today there is discussion especially in the West about Jodo being a "kata-budo" which is true enough I guess. For some the label seems slightly off or is used disparagingly as if something martial is lost in the absence of free sparing. I won't jump into that discussion here though I have some strong thoughts on the subject - other than to caution that one should be very well skilled before forming any dismissive attitude about this particular budo learned thru the practice of kata.
As written earlier, the groups of kata increase in complexity and the demands on the practitioner increase accordingly.
Kata in Kanji
太刀落 Tachi Otoshi OTOSHI-Drop
鍔割 Tsubawari WARI-Shatter
着杖 Tsukizue ZUE-Jo
引提 Hissage SAGE-Lantern holding
左貫 Sakan -SA-Left
右貫 Ukan U-Right
霞 Kasumi KASUMI-Mist
物身 Monomi MI-Body
笠の下 Kasanoshita Kasa Umbrella
一礼 Ichirei REI-Bowing
寝屋ノ内 Neyanouchi NEYA-Bedroom
細道 Hosomichi HOSOMICHI-Narrow Road
水月 Suigetsu GETSU-Moon
斜面 Shyamen SHA-Angle
一力 Ichiriki RIKI-Power
押詰 Oshizume OSHI-Push
乱留 Midaredoe DOME-Stop, Control
後杖前 Ushirozue Mae MAE-Front
後杖後 Ushirozue Ushiro USHIRO-Back
待車 Taisya, SHYA-Wheel
間込 Kengome KEN-Ma, Distance
切懸 Kirikake KIRI-Cut
真進 Shinshin SHIN-Forward move
雷打 Raiuchi RAI-Thunder
横切留 Yokogiridome YOKO-Sideways
払留i Haraidome HARAI-Sweep away
晴眼 Seigan SEI-Clear, Pure
乱合大太刀 Ranai Oodachi OO-Big RAN- Stir to action AI- To meet.
乱合小太刀 Ranai Kodachi KO-Small (kanji for midare & ran are identical)