Jojutsu, according to legend, was created by Muso Gonnosuke 400
years ago. Muso Gonnosuke using a bo dueled with Miyamoto
Musashi. Musashi, using his two sword method defeated Gonnosuke
but spared his life. Afterwards Gonnosuke spent time in seclusion
training and meditating where he had a vision that led to the creation of
Specifically designed for defense against the sword, the jo is a short
wooden staff approximately 4 foot long. Its size and length allow for
quick varied movements allowing its user the maneuverability needed
to overcome an attacker wielding a sword.
Our training consists of suburi (swinging drills), kata (prearranged
forms), tachiuchi (sparring), jo-tori (empty hand vs. attacker w/jo), and
jo-nage (empty hand attacker vs. defender with jo).