What is Jodo
Jo-do means “the road of the wooden stick” (Jo=wooden stick, Do=road/ path).
The trainees in the art are called Jodokas and are using Jo (cylindrical wooden stick 128cm long approximately, between 2,4 and 2,6cm thick and a weight of approximately 550gr) in order to face as a rule Tachi (Japanese sword) in the form of Bokuto (wooden sword). Jodokas exchange the roles of Jo and Tachi.
These techniques require the full and harmonious cooperation between Jo and Tachi and all moves require unity of body and spirit. Jodo helps in developing self-discipline and self-control, in developing motor coordination and concentration of mind and is an excellent physical exercise for both men and women of all ages.
It is a martial art that comes straight from the era of the samurai warriors and as such, is still keeping the spirit of budo.
The structure of the practice
Pan-Japanese Federation, ZNKR – Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei, as curriculum includes 12 kihon (basic techniques) and 12 seitei kata. These constitute the initial teaching of Jodo.
Training in Jodo starts by learning kihons (basic techniques), and ashi sabaki (mode of movement). Basic techniques are initially taught without opponent Tandoku Dosa and afterwards with an opponent Sotai Dosa. When trainees acquire a satisfactory level they proceed to practicing on kata, pre-defined forms that are carried out in pairs in which Uchidachi is handling Tachi and Shidachi is handling Jo.
The traditional art of Jodo is called Shinto Muso Ryu and the first Jodo techniques were developed in early 17th century (Keicho period) by Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi (who is said to have had a duel with the famous Miyamoto Musahi).
The curriculum of Shinto Muso ryu, consists of 12 kihon (basic techniques) and a great number of kata (pre-defined forms).
Attire and equipment
During practice, trainees are wearing hakama (traditional wide trousers), and keikogi (traditional coat), Jo (wooden stich) and Tachi/Bokuto (wooden sword).
Practice in Jodo follows the standards of the Hellenic Federation Kendo Iaido Naginata (Ε.Ο.Κ.Ι.Ν.), under which the school comes. E.O.K.I.N. is a member of the European Kendo Federation, EKF and International Kendo Federation, FIK and through them it is associated with the Pan-Japanese Federation Kendo (All Japan Kendo Federation – Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei).
In Jodo the contest part is expressed in the form of comparative skill shows through the simultaneous carrying out of kata.
The top sporting event is the European Championship of Jodo which is held on a yearly basis.
The teachers – Sensei
Jodo teachers in Zen Center are Michalis Padras (Iaido 4 dan, Kendo 3 dan, Jodo 1 dan ) and Giannis Germanis (Iaido 3 dan, Kendo 1 dan, Jodo 1 dan).