31 Jo Kata Aikijo Bukiwaza
31 Jo Kata is an Aikido kata created by O Sensei Ueshiba and was handed down to Morihiro Saito Sensei and practised by Iwama Aikidoka. This kata is used with a Jo (Staff) or Jo Staff. The 31 Jo Kata is MUST learn kata no matter what style of Aikido you practice. If you are an Aikidoka especially the ones that use the Jo Staff, Quarter Staff, or even a Bo, (I cannot stress this enough) – LEARN THIS KATA.
31 Jo Kata
The 31 Jo kata is part of the Buki Waza (Warrior or Weapons Techniques).
The original Jo Kata was taught by Osensei to Saito Sensei. Saito Sensei broke them down into 31 movements that can be easily learned yet challenging to master.
It is the longest version of the Jo Suburi Aikijo (Staff Drills).
The 31 Jo kata starts with the resting and non-threatening jo stance.
The factors that I consider when I am training the San Ju Ichi No Jo are:
- Breathing: When raising the Jo, I breathe in. I comfortably inhale through my nose. When I hit or thrust I exhale with a Kiai (war cry).
- Kiai: The sound ‘Soo’ on Tsuki (thrust) and ‘Heii’ on the Uchi (cut/hit).
- Balance is important.
- The footwork is efficient. When walking forward, I use the ball of my foot NOT the heel. I also make sure I don’t sweep the mat, I pick up my feet and step. After training in the ‘Bamboo Forest’ in Iwama where there are rocks, uneven soil, or slippery surfaces, I learned very quickly not to drag or sweep my feet, because I slip or trip.
- My pace and timing can achieve ‘awase’ or the ‘blend’.
- Zanshin ‘Heightened Awareness’ is on.
- Fudoshin ‘Immovable or unperturbed Mind’ is on.
31 Jo Kata Iwama Aikido Video
Morihiro Saito Sensei
Crom Salvatera Sensei
The Jo Suburi came from Iwama Aikido, a traditional form of Aikido.
Iwama Aikido was the traditional Aikido created by Morihei Ueshiba Osensei when he retired in Iwama after WWII.
Osensei taught Saito Sensei in Iwama. Saito Sensei broke down the Aikido he learned from Osensei so he can teach it and student can learn it step by step.
Iwama Aikido is a style of Aikido that has Bukiwaza (Weapons Techniques) along with Taijutsu as its two pillars.
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