Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo

Contact: Dr Eric Tavenner • (e) • (p) 0410 475 447

Supervising instructor: Mr Adrian Knight, Menkyo Kaiden (liscense of full transmission)

Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo (神道夢想流杖道) is the progenitor style for the Japanese 128cm wooden staff, or 'jō'. It is a 400 year old Japanese tradition which develops skills in both the sword and staff with the aim of using the staff to defeat a swordsman in combat. There is an emphasis on proper combative distance, timing and concentration. The system also includes the teaching of other weapon systems: tanjo (short staff), jutte (truncheon) and kusarigama (sickle with chain).

The art was devised by the samurai Musō Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi (ca. 1640), who supposedly used these techniques successfully in a duel with Miyamoto Musashi. The original art created by Musō Gonnosuke has evolved and been added to from its inception until modern times, but is still considered a Koryu art. The art was successfully brought outside of its original domain in Fukuoka and outside of Japan itself in the 19th and 20th century. The spreading of Shintō Musō-ryū beyond Japan was largely the effort of Shimizu Takaji, considered the 25th headmaster of the SMR lineage.

Nishioka Tsuneo, who started his training under Shimizu Takaji in 1938, created a group called “Sei Ryu Kai” (清隆会) in honour of Shimizu Takaji after his death. Adrian Knight trained with Nishioka Sensei’s group in Tokyo from 2002.

In 2012 Adrian Knight started teaching Jodo at the BBRD, and continued until he moved back to Japan in 2015. Training is now conducted by Eric Tavenner. Adrian, who now lives in Airlie Beach, still maintains regular contact with the group. in addition Eric receives instruction from Brisbane instructor Glen Henry.

Students of Jodo in Toowoomba have a great range of senior students to take their training from beginner level to mastery of the "Way of the Stick". Regular training events with Glen Henry and students from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are held in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane. In addition the International Jodo Federation is holding its next triennial International Seminar in Brisbane in 2018!



When: Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 & Thursday 6:00 – 7.30 pm

Where: Mort Estate Activity Centre (Holy Name Primary School), parking in Rosewood Street. (map)

What to bring: Comfortable exercise clothes to start and water bottle.

Once you are training for a while: Uwagi (3/4 sleeve) and hakama training uniform, kaku obi, jo and bokken (both long, 102 cm, and short, 56 cm). These can be obtained through the Club, or we can provide advice on what might be suitable.

You’ll need to: Pay BBRD common insurance ($25 payable once) plus Jodo  fee ($10).