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    Hello,

    Just last week I bought two instructional videos on Jodo that feature Masayuki Shimabukuro Sensei. I think these videos are great and I will be going through each technique to learn them as taught.

    While watching the videos some questions came to mind and I thought I would ask them here.

    1. This art was originally created to defeat a person with a sword, which is great, but that's not applicable to the world we live in today. Have there been any modifications to the curriculum in order to deal with situations one might encounter these days?

    2. I see that a lot of people teach some kind of staff defense, but who would you say is one of the better sources for practical self-defense with a jo-type weapon?


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    Mr. Evans:

    Hello! Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo is, if I recall correctly, part of the curriculum of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police & Riot Police. One may consider that a relevant application.

    I have to tell you, in my limited time studying Shindo Muso-ryu, I can say that it is exceedingly precise and difficult. You may find it very challenging to get a feel for finer points in the kata. If you are interested, I will let you know the next time that Sensei is here to teach a SMR Jo seminar.

    Respects,

    Erik
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    Hi Erik,

    Please, just call me John.

    Yes, I would say that if police officers are using this training then it would be up-to-date with the conflicts of today's world.

    I figure the videos are a good start and fully know I cannot get any detailed understanding from them. But at least I can be familiar with the katas. I would be interested in knowing when your sensei is teaching another seminar. Thank you.


    Take care,
    John

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    From what you have seen so far, how do the techniques of Shindo Muso-Ryu differ or compare to the ones taught where the stick is not the primary focus (such as aikido, jujutsu, or kempo)?

    I noticed that the stick in Aikido is mostly about control while in systems I have seen a bit more of (jujutsu and Kempo) use a stick of this length for destruction and invalidating the opponents attacks.

    Here are some links to videos posted by "Mekugi," a fellow budo-ka who lives and trains in Japan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJKPkB2yub8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_vp9_N_tZw

    domo...
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