How to Correctly Do the 13 Jo Kata

The 13 Jo Kata is an Aikijo Kata developed by Saito Morihiro Sensei of Iwama Aikido. The 13 Jo can help your Aikido. This kata can be learned here at Good Aikido Martial Art Sydney.

There are 3 Major Kata Sets In Iwama Aikijo

6 jo kata (Roku no jo kata)

13 jo kata (Jusan no jo kata)

31 jo kata (Sanju Ichi no jo kata)

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A Step by Step Guide on How to Correctly Do The 13 Jo Kata

START in hidari-hanmi kamae (hidari jō no kamae) – Hold the jo vertically with your left hand so that it touches the ground just in front of your left foot.

  1. Choku tsuki 直突き(Direct Thrust) – in left stance; no step.
  2. Jōdan gaeshi 段返し(High counter) – (Stepping strike to the front of the head) – change hands and step forward into right stance.
  3. Jōdan gaeshi 上段返し (High counter) – raise jo up to the left to protect your head; at the same time draw left foot back then right foot.
  4. Choku tsuki 直突き(Direct Thrust) – step right foot forward into right stance
  5. Hassō gaeshi 八相返し(Figure of eight counter) – turn 180° to face the back of the room; push jo down with left hand, let it come up and end up in Hasso no Kamae in left stance
  6. Shōmen Uchikomi 正面打ち込み (Stepping strike to the front of the head) – step forward into right stance (still facing the back of the room)
  7. Chūdan gaeshi 中段返し (Mid-level counter) – turn 180° to left, back to face the front of the room again. Tenkan (left foot moves back around 180°) into another right stance.
  8. Choku tsuki 直突き (Direct Thrust) – right stance
  9. Gedan gaeshi 下段 返し(Low counter) – Thrust back and down the ground on your left side, in right stance
  10. Chūdan gaeshi 中段返し (Mid-level Counter) – step forward into left stance
  11. Jōdan tsuki 上段突き (High Thrust) – left stance, no step
  12. Tsuki kamae 突き 構え– slide both feet back, still in left stance Slightly rotate the front tip of the jo clockwise to parry an incoming thrust.
  13. Choku tsuki 直突き(Direct Thrust) – still in left stance


END in hidari-hanmi kamae 左半身構え 

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Four Ways to Correctly Do the 13 Jo Kata Aikijo

Saito Morihiro Sensei

Saito Morihiro Sensei developed the 13 jo kata (Aikido drill) as a sequence to learn the Aikido Jo (Aikijo).

Here is a video on how to correctly do the 13 jo kata by Saito Sensei


Crom Salvatera Sensei

Crom Sensei is an instructor from the Good Aikido dojo in Sydney Australia. He is also an author at this site (Good Aikido).

Jusan Kata by Sensei Crom Salvatera (2016) in Sydney, Australia

Here is the updated version (14:54​) of Sensei Crom’s 13 Jo Kata (2018), at Narrabeen Beach Sydney Australia.

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Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei

In this video, the 13 Jo Kata is demonstrated by Lewis Bernaldo De Quiros Sensei. De Quiros Sensei is from the Takemusu Aikido Kyokai Nederland Dojo.

Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros trained under the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) from 1986 until 1993 in the Iwama Dojo in Japan. He has been busy ever since teaching Aikido both at home in the Netherlands and abroad in seminars throughout Europe.


Mohamed Oulghazi Sensei

Mohamed Oulghazi Sensei is from Aikido Meknes. In this video, Mohamed demonstrates the 13 jo kata in the outdoors of Meknes Morocco. Here’s Oulghazi Sensei’s Facebook Page.

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