Jodo is a traditional martial art which has a history of over 300 years of Shindo Muso Ryu techniques. From these, 12 techniques were chosen to form the Seitei Gata Jodo. 

The Jo itself is a staff whose dimensions have no bearing on the body of the user; it’s length and diameter are fixed. It is 128cm long and approximately 2.4cm in diameter. Traditionally made of oak, the Jo is very strong and unlike a sword it does not run the risk of rusting or being chipped and needs far less maintenance. They are easily made, easy to care for and are considerably cheaper than a sword or naginata. 

To anyone watching Jodo for the first time it seems a simple martial art to learn but like a great many things in life, it takes a great deal of learning to make it look effortless. The Jo is an incredibly versatile weapon which may be it’s most important attribute; strikes and thrusts can be made from left or right without favouring either side in particular. Of course both it’s ends are used in attacks or defence thus enabling the Jodo-ka to respond to any attack and swiftly counter with an attack of their own. 

Mountain Sensei is currently 3rd Dan in Jodo and teaches the kata in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the ZNKR (Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei – All Japan Kendo Association) and the British Kendo Association. 

The first set are the Seitei Gata or ‘Standard Set’ of which there are twelve two-person kata for students to learn. These kata are to teach the student the use of the Jo against the sword – of course students must learn and practice both the Jo and the sword parts for each kata. Indeed those who wish to grade in Jodo must be able to show both the use of the Jo and the sword to the standard required for the level they wish to be tested at. We are also taught the Jodo Tandoku Dosa (Individual Practice) which form the basis for the actual movements used within the kata. 


1. Tsuki Zue 
2. Sui Getsu 
3. Hissage 
4. Shamen 
5. Sakan 
6. Monomi 
7. Kasumi 
8. Tachi Otoshi 
9. Rai Uchi 
10. Seigan 
11. Midare Domi 
12. Ranai 

1. Honte Uchi 
2. Gyakute Uchi 
3. Hikiotoshi Uchi 
4. Kaeshi Tsuki 
5. Gyakute Tsuki 
6. Maki-Otoshi 
7. Kuritsuke 
8. Kuri-Hanashi 
9. Tai-atari 
10. Tsuki Hazushi Uchi 
11. Dobarai Uchi 
12. Migi Taihazushi Uchi 
13. Hidari Taihazushi Uchi
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