May
29

Morihiro Saito: Aiki Jo — Part 2, 31 jo kata kumijo and 10 kumijo

“Aiki Jo movements are an excellent complement
to empty-handed training in aikido.”

This is the second of two videos by Morihiro Saito covering all of the basics of the Aiki 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.

The incredible flexibility of the Aiki Jo

The jo, being a bladeless weapon, can be used with either end as a striking and parrying instrument. It is normally somewhat over 50 inches in length and thus has a greater reach than a sword. Strikes can be executed with one or two hands leading to many possible combinations of applications. It is an adaptable weapon against multiple opponents. Given its flexibility, and Morihiro Saito formulated many different exercises and forms for practice based on the movements he was taught directly by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Aiki Jo movements are an excellent complement to empty-handed training in aikido. By learning to handle a weapon with an entirely different effective range, practitioners can gain a deeper understanding of combative distance, striking, parrying, hipwork, etc.

Aiki Jo — Part 2 includes:

  • 31 jo kata kumijo – paired jo forms to that illustrate the application of the component parts of the 31-kata
  • 10 kumijo – a set of 10 paired jo kata of a more advanced level based on the Founder’s jo practice in Iwama

Japanese narration, complete English subtitles

Duration: 25:03
File size: 378 mb
Frame size: 720 x 480

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