Jodo and Shugi Jutsu - Baton fighting techniques
As a JO history, we find the baton as a fundamental weapon of the Buddhist monks, who were not allowed to injure or kill another alive being, animal or human being, so they helped themselves either to walk or to avoid the possible aggressions. However, JO was known as redoubtable weapon, when Muso Gonosuke succeeded to confront the famous swordsman Musashi, using a middle length baton – 1.20 m, a JO. Muso Gonosuke considered that this length give him advantage toward the sword length, but it is not so inconvenient as the long baton – BO (1.80 m). Inside the Takeda Ryu school, the art of using the baton began to be more attentive studied and systematized beginning with the EDO era (1603-1867). The importance of JO was realized when a lance or a halberd was broken and it had to use only the remaining part, it means the baton.
are two kinds of use of the JO:
JODO is a martial art exclusively defensive and comprise as IAIDO techniques which can be very well performed solitary, following the instructions of a master. So, all the basic techniques can be learned and performed alone: deviations, takings over, counterattacks… After that, there are Kata with partner for the advanced students, and also KumiJo – a kind of free practice with baton (fight). It is interesting to mention that in Takeda Ryu Jodo, the length of the baton was not essential, but it had to surpass a little the distance from the soil to the hip of the practitioner, so to fit to him.
SHUGI JUTSU – it is another extremely interesting martial discipline of
Takeda Ryu, which used one or two batons of medium length, for protecting
himself of another
weapons attacks. In fact, the baton has to be used as a
real extension of the body and not as an object separated from the body. Shugi Jutsu appears probably in the moment in which the baton of a lance or
halberd had been broken in smaller pieces and the survival had became a
higher priority than defeating the adversary.
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