Aiki Weapons (Iwama Style)
O-Sensei, the founder of Aikido, was skillful with both
sword and staff, frequently demonstrating the same movements to
be effective even while empty-handed.
Characteristics of Aiki-weapons are the bigger movements
used to teach hip rotation and body movement, moving off the line of
attack, as well as ki extension.
20 basic striking movements
Sanju ichi no jo
31-jo-kata Partner practice
Ju san no jo
10-jo partner practices
Ken tai Jo
7 -bokken vs. Jo partner practices
5-bokken partner practices
Kimusubi no tachi
Blending w/ bokken (knot tying of ki)
Sugawara Sensei's Partner
Sugawara Sensei developed these partner practices as
a way to introduce movements found in the Katori style of weapons, which
are very different than Aiki-weapons. The movements are much faster
and much more direct when compared to Aiki-weapons. These katas teach
the basic principals of Katori weapons. There are 8 kumi-jo (bokken
v. jo) and 5 jo-ai (jo v. jo) practices.
The first four katas in the kumi-jo are practiced as
if wearing armor. The strikes are harder and target weak points in the
armor that would be worn by a warrior swordsman. The second four (5-8)
are practiced as if without armor and are softer, closer and even faster
than the first four. There are five jo-ai katas, which are practiced
with the same distance and speed of the 5-8 katas of the kumijo.
Learning these katas not only provides a foundation
for Katori training, but is required before a student may be invited
to train Katori. Learning Sugawara Sensei's kumi-jo and jo-ai
also allows the instructor to gauge the character of an individual,
which is the basis for admission into the advanced weapons style
of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu.
Kumi-jo - 8
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is a 600-year-old
sword style, considered to be the most distinguished of all Japanese
martial traditions, and as such was designated an intangible cultural
treasure by the Japanese government in April 1960.
Bodner Sensei has received the 'kyoshi', instructor's
license, for this distinguished and complex art, from Tetsutaka
Sugawara Sensei. Students who have gained proficiency in Sugawara
Sensei's partner practices may train this weapons style.
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is trained with
the utmost seriousness and is not to be taken lightly. There are
expectations of those who train Katori far and above normal expectations.
Iai-Jutsu (sword drawing)
Tachi-Jutsu (sword fighting)