Shintô Musô Ryû Jôdô
SPORTHAL VAN KRAAINEM
RUE DU PATRONAGE 6
1950 KRAAINEM (BELGIUM)
(+32) 473 755700
“The true Way has not gates”
calligraphy by P. Krieger Sensei
Shintô Musô Ryû is a combat school specialised in the use of the japanese staff (jô). It was founded by Musô Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi more than 400 years ago (~1605).
SMR is usually practised as a pair: the attacker, known as uchidachi, is armed with either the long (ôdachi) or the short sword (kodachi), or both (nito); the defender, called shidachi, carries the jô.
Training is systematic and designed to improve technical and mental abilities, understanding principles of biomechanics, and how to manipulate the weapons with proper timing, distance and angles.
Practitioners will be able to use the jô with success, through mental and spiritual training.
Beginners start with 12 basic techniques (kihon waza) to learn the essential movements of the method and afterward progress through the various levels which make up the 64 forms (kata) of SMR jôdô.
Also included in the curriculum are twelve techniques of the swordsmanship system called Shintô Ryû Kenjutsu. The first eight techniques are long sword vs. long sword, followed by four techniques that are long sword vs. short sword.
In addition to Shintô Musô Ryû jô and Shintô Ryû Kenjutsu, a number of separate arts are taught at various points in an exponent's training. These are considered assimilated arts, and include:
Uchida Ryû Tanjô-jutsu (short stick)
Isshin Ryû Kusarigama-jutsu (ball, chain and sickle)
Ikkaku Ryû Jûtte-jutsu (truncheon)
Ittatsu Ryû Hojô-jutsu (rope tying & restraining)