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Jōdō (杖道:じょうどう), meaning "the way of the jo", or jōjutsu (杖術:じょうじゅつ) is a Japanese martial art using short staves called . The art is similar to bōjutsu, and is strongly focused upon defence against the Japanese sword. The is a short staff, usually about 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 m) long, about the average length of a walking stick. However, the art was not used, as one might fancifully imagine, by travellers to ward off aggressive bandits or swordsmen. The martial art of jōdō was the province of professional warriors.


The modern study of the , known as jōdō (way 道 of the ), has essentially two branches.

  • One is the koryū, or "old school" jōdō, which also incorporates other arts and weapons, such as the short staff (tanjo), the chained sickle (kusarigama), the police truncheon (jitte), and a lesser-known art called hojojutsu, the art of tying up one's opponent after subduing him. All of these point to jōodōo's strong connections to law-enforcement, which is probably what it was originally used for.
  • The other branch is called Seitei Jodo, which is practiced by the All Japan Kendo Federation (全日本剣澭濝盟 Zen Nippon Kendō Renmei) in conjunction with kendo, the art of Japanese fencing, and iaido, the art of drawing and cutting with a real blade. Seitei Jōdō starts with 12 prearranged forms (kata), which are drawn from the koryū system. After mastering these 12 kata the student continues with the study of the koryū. Today, jōjutsu has also been adapted for use in the Japanese police force, who refer to the art as keijō-jutsu, or police stick art.

The Jodo Instructor is:

          Sam Winder 3rd Dan Jodo

Sam started the martial arts with the Judo in 1961

Then in 1974, Sam learned Kobudo with Michael Finn and had continuous training for 32 years in Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Kama, Nunchaku

Sam graded:

  • Shodan(1stDan) by Seiko Suzuki Sensei, 7th Dan in 1979
  • Sandan(3rdDan) by Tony Chistian Sensei, 7th Dan in 2001
  • Yondan(4thDan) by BIKO, British Institute of Karate Organisation in 2005

In 1975, Sam began Jodo with Michael Finn in 1975 and had continuous training for 31 years in Jo, Tanjo, Jutte

Sam graded:

  • Shodan(1stDan) by Michael Finn, 4th Dan in 1979
  • Sandan(3rdDan) by Keith Hazelwood, 5th Dan in 2003

Sam trained with Kaminoda Sensei, 8th Dan, Donn Draeger, 7th Dan, and with Hiroi Sensei 9th Dan in his Machida dojo, Tokyo

Sam practises also Karate since 1997, he is Shodan since 2001, Hanbo (Kukishin Ryu) and Sword (Shinto Ryu and Niten Ichi Ryu Kenjustu)



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