The Kobudo System

 

 

Kenjutsu - Art of the Sword

 

 

Jo - Short stick

 

 

Kama - Sickle

 

 

Bo - Staff

 

 

Tonfa - Baton

 

 

Sai - Jitte

 

 

Nunchaku - Rice flail

 

 

Jo - Short stick

 

1st Kyu - Brown Belt

 

The Jo or Short Stick approximately 4' in length, was used it is said by Muso Gonnosuke a famous swordsman, who after a bout with wooden swords, which was won by the equally famous Miyamoto Musashi, whose style of two sword fighting was adopted by the Nito Ryu.

 

Gonnosuke retired to a shinto shrine, where after a period of meditation, he assiduously practiced the art of the Jo, by marrying the techniques of spear fighting with other forms of combat.


He then challenged Musashi to a second encounter, this time Gonnosuke's method enabled him to mount an effective defence, whilst penetrating Musashi's own two sword defence.

 

 

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