“Extract #2 from ‘Essential Jo,'” by Dan Djurdjevic

“As with golf, tennis, or any other activity which requires using a stick-like object, your grip is one of the most important features.

The ‘informal grip’ is one you adopt when you are not actively engaged in training. We use the traditional method also seen in other Japanese and Chinese weapons arts: the weapon is held palm down and behind your shoulder. This is not only subtle and non-confrontational; it also provides an element of concealment and surprise, should you need it against would-be assailants.”

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  1. …i also like “walking stick” style for “at ease”. especially if you have a few gray hairs you can make it pretty credible. remember that it’s just part of your body whatever at ease stance you take. drawing attention to it will seem threatening which could definitely make a situation worse. or, depending, bringing a little attention to the martial potential of the stick might defuse a situation, too. follow your gut, but i would start with the walking stick as support for some vaguely defined disability.

    i’m a Saito student, so the halfway point is the more normal control point in that system. the mantrum for jo taking, Saito style, is ‘he who controls more than half of the jo (or half when the other guy has less) owns it’

    am also fairly ambidextrous, so, as i worked on becoming ambidextrous with sword, can also get off a plausible “wrong side” jo strike. haven’t worked on the fancier stuff. maybe i ought to for grins and giggles.

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