Jodo curriculum


Below you can find the names and approximate translations of the various kata in the ZNKR Seitei and Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo syllabus. Koryu kata names come from a long history where meanings may have been different, the Chinese characters redefined or even rewritten and a certain degree of poetic license applied. To that end, it is not advised to take the translations too literally; they are names primarily and meanings secondarily. They may indicate a scenario, a methodology or simply a feeling within the kata. The Chinese characters used have multiple meanings depending on the context.

Each koryu section is prefaced with the introductory text by Shimizu Takaji Sensei from his book "Jodo Kyohan"

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Jodo

  1. Tsukizue - Walking stick
  2. Suigetsu - Solar plexus
  3. Hissage - Carry in the hands
  4. Shamen - Slope
  5. Sakan - Left thrust
  6. Monomi - Look out
  7. Kasumi - Mist
  8. Tachiotoshi - Drop the sword
  9. Raiuchi - Thunderstrike
  10. Seigan - Straight to the eyes
  11. Midaredome - Preventing chaos
  12. Ranai- From disorder to harmony
Zen Ken Ren Tsukizue
Omote Tsubawari Vito Tattoli
Ishido Sensei Otake Sensei Omote Kasanoshita

Shinto Muso Ryu

Omote - Surface:

(Shimizu Takaji Sensei) These twelve forms incorporate effective use of the body and frequent change in the manipulation and operation of technique. It is required that these are performed using correct, basic technique in the appropriate manner.

  1. Tachiotoshi - Sword drop
  2. Tsubawari - Break the guard
  3. Tsukizue - Walking stick
  4. Hissage kodachi Withdrawal/ Carry in the hands (short sword)
  5. Hissage odachi Withdrawal/ Carry in the hands (long sword)
  6. Sakan - Left thrust
  7. Ukan - Right thrust
  8. Kasumi - Mist
  9. Monomi - Look-out
  10. Kasanoshita - Under the hat
  11. Ichirei - One bow
  12. Neyanouchi - In the bedroom
  13. Hosomichi - Narrow road
  14. Uchiotoshi* - Strike drop
  15. Suigetsu* - Solar plexus
  16. Shamen* - Slope

* Denotes extra forms created by Shimizu Takaji to complement training. Last two forms drawn from Uchida-ryu Tanjojutsu

Chudan - Middle Level:

(Shimizu Takaji Sensei) The Chudan techniques comprise of 12 forms. On the whole there are many movements which are to be performed vehemently and vigorously and therefore require adequate feeling and practise to understand the contents of Chudan. The way of using the jo remains the same as Omote.

  1. Ichiriki - One strength
  2. Oshizume - Pushing stop
  3. Midaredome - Stopping chaos
  4. Ushirozue - Rear stick:
    1. Zen (front)
    2. Go (behind)
  5. Taisha - Turning wheel
  6. Kengome - Invade the space
  7. Kirikake - Hanging cut
  8. Shinshin - True advancement
  9. Raiuchi - Thunderstrike
  10. Yokogiridome - Stopping side cut
  11. Haraidome - Stopping sweep
  12. Seigan - Straight to the eyes
Harry Jones Andy Watson Chudan Yokogiridome
Stojanka Vidinic Elena West Koryu Ranai

Ranai - From Disorder To Harmony:

(Shimizu Takaji Sensei) Ran Ai presents a comprehensive variety of SMR techniques to be performed in a continuous fashion as one kata. This kata is not recorded in the original catalogue of kata and from which era it was devised from is not clear however, historically it has been transmitted for some time.

This kata requires the critical taking of initiative, taking advantage of weaknesses, creating the tension of two equally shrewd opponents; it is the longest of the kata and therefore is a highly combat practical and should be expressed elegantly and beautifully. This kata is incorporated into the ZNKR Seitei Kata at no.12.

  1. Ranai (Odachi) - From disorder to harmony (long sword)
  2. Ranai (Kodachi) - From disorder to harmony (short sword)

Kage - Shadow:

(Shimizu Takaji Sensei) The Kage techniques comprise of 12 forms. Each of the forms share the same name as those found in Omote. However the level of Kage presents changes to the content of the forms. There is no special speed attributed to the techniques and body movements of Kage but the contrast of calmness to movement, slow to fast as well as a contrast in breath control provides the special features of this set.

  1. Tachiotoshi - Sword drop
  2. Tsubawari - Break the guard
  3. Tsukizue - Walking stick
  4. Hissage (kodachi) Withdrawal/ Carry in the hands (short sword)
  5. Sakan - Left thrust
  6. Ukan - Right thrust
  7. Kasumi - Mist
  8. Monomi - Look-out
  9. Kasanoshita - Under the hat
  10. Ichirei - One bow:
    1. Sono ichi - Version 1
    2. Sono ni - Version 2
  11. Neyanouchi - In the bedroom
    1. Sono ichi - Version 1
    2. Sono ni - Version 2
  12. Hosomichi - Narrow road
Lukasz Machura Sida Yin Kage Kasumi
Ishido Sensei Andy Watson Kage Monomi
Shoji Sensei Otake Sensei Samidare Kodachiotoshi

Samidare - Early Summer Rain:

  1. Ichimonji - Straight line
  2. Jumonji - Cross
  3. Kodachiotoshi - Drop the short sword
  4. Mijin (zen) - Fragments (front)
  5. Mijin (go) - Fragments (behind)
  6. Gantsubushi - Crush the eye

Gohon no Midare - Five Forms of Chaos

(Ryoshinkan quotation) These are five synthesized forms that Shimizu Sensei created in order to develop flow and versatility in the Jodo student. They are generally combinations of pre-existing koryu forms and technically are not koryu per se.

  1. Tachiotoshi no midare - Chaos of sword drop
  2. Sakan no midare - Chaos of left thrust
  3. Kengome no midare - Chaos of invading space
  4. Kasumi no midare - Chaos of mist
  5. Shamen no midare - Chaos of the slope
Shimizu Takaji Sensei Shinto Muso Ryu Jojutsu

Okuden - Inner Teaching

(Ryoshinkan quotation) These forms are taught as kuden (oral tradition) and not generally taught except between a Menkyo Kaiden and their dedicated students.

  1. 戦勝 Sengachi - Win a war
  2. 突出 Tsukidashi - To stick out
  3. 打付 Uchitsuke - Apply a strike
  4. 小手留 Kotedome - Block the wrists
  5. 引捨 Hikisute - Abandonment
  6. 小手搦 Kotegarami - Entwine the wrists
  7. 十手 Jutte/Jitte - Ten hands (Iron truncheon)
  8. 見返 Mikaeri - Look back
  9. 阿吽 Aun – Alpha and Omega
  10. 打分 Uchiwake - Dividing strike
  11. 水月 Suigetsu - Solar plexus
  12. 左右留 Sayudome - Stopping to the left and right