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.