“Aiki weapons practice strengthens the entire body, enhances hip
stability, and an understanding of maai.”
This is the first of two videos by Morihiro Saito covering all of the basics of the Jo curriculum as practiced in Iwama, Japan. These jo forms were compiled and refined by Saito Sensei based on his weapons training directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. These videos were shot specifically for the serious practitioner interested in learning the Aiki Ken and Jo and include detailed explanations and different angle shots to facilitate understanding of important details.
Aiki Jo — Part 1 includes:
- 20 jo suburi – solo basic staff striking, parrying and thrusting movements.
- 31 jo kata – solo jo form handed down by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei in Iwama.
- 13 jo kata – an additional solo jo kata practiced by O-Sensei
- 13 jo awase – paired practices based on 13 jo kata
Is the study of the Aiki Ken and Jo important to your progress?
There are a variety of schools of thought as to whether study of the Aiki Ken and Jo is essential to developing the well-rounded aikidoka. When making your personal decision, consider the following. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba was very serious about his study of the ken and jo from his middle years onward. He considered knowledge of these weapons as a key component of “Takemusu Aiki,” the highest level of attainment in the art where one is capable of spontaneously executing techniques perfectly suited to the circumstances. Moreover, weapons practice strengthens the entire body, enhances hip stability, and an understanding of maai (combative distance). Many who have not had access to aikido weapons training have sought to fill this gap by studying various outside systems such as iaido and classical Japanese weapons schools. Fortunately, aikido does include an elaborate weapons curriculum and these DVDs will open up a new dimension in your training. Highly recommended for every serious aikidoka!
Japanese narration, complete English subtitles
File size: 306 mb
Frame size: 720 x 480