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Jo Basic Kata

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This is a short Jo Kata commonly used in Aikido to practice the basic Jo moves considered important in Aikido. This is not Aiki Jo, it is basic Jo. The ceiling is low so Nage has to keep the strikes lower than normal.

Movie of Jo Basic Kata.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Tsuki Fig. 3 Parry Fig. 4 Circle Fig. 5 Strike Fig. 6 Tsuki

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start. This is a continuation of the previous sequence and Nage has the Jo back ready for Jo Tsuki.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Nage step forward with Jo Tsuki.
  3. Fig. 3 and the next few figures show a Jo Vertical Parry. Fig. 3 is the actual parry. This parry is usually omitted but it is important to practice this parry.
  4. Fig. 4 shows the Jo circling back to smash Uke's hand.
  5. Fig. 5 shows the Jo smashing Uke's hand. Nage has stepped back during the parry and circle back and is now ready to step forward again.
  6. Fig. 6 shows the 2nd Jo Tsuki after Nage has stepped forward.

    Fig. 7 Parry Fig. 8 Circle Fig. 9 Yokomen Fig. 10 Yield Fig. 11 Circle Fig. 12 Strike

  7. Fig. 7 shows the left parry that starts Jo Yokomen. Nage is stepping back for the parry.
  8. Fig. 8 shows the Jo circling over Nage's head for the Jo Yokomen. Nage has stepped back.
  9. Fig. 9 shows the Jo Yokomen at the end of the strike. Nage has stepped forward for the strike. Nage's Jo would be colliding with Uke's Jo so it is a little too low. When Nage's Jo strikes Uke's Jo Nage does a Jo Yield Parry.
  10. Fig. 10 shows the Jo bouncing back as Nage yields for the Jo Yield Parry. Nage is stepping back.
  11. Fig. 11 shows the Jo circling over Nage's head for the next strike. Nage has stepped back during the parry and circle back and is now ready to step forward again.
  12. Fig. 12 shows the 2nd Jo Yokomen strike after Nage has stepped forward. Nage did not change hands on the Jo.

    Fig. 13 Pull Fig. 14 Circle Fig. 15 Parry Fig. 16 Circle Fig. 17 Strike Fig. 18 Tsuki

  13. Fig. 13 shows the pull of the Jo Pull Parry. This time when Uke's Jo collided with Nage's Jo Nage did a Jo Pull Parry and pulled the Jo back. Nage shifted back with this movement.
  14. Fig. 14 shows Nage step back for the Jo Pull Parry as the Jo circles to the front for the parry.
  15. Fig. 15 shows the parry part of the Jo Pull Parry. Nage has stepped back.
  16. Fig. 16 shows the back end of the Jo circling up and forward to smash Uke's hand. Nage's left hand is throwing the back of the Jo forward. Some Aikidoka just flip the Jo with the right hand but just flipping the Jo is a weak move. Nage is still back from the parry.
  17. Fig. 17 shows the Jo smashing Uke's hand. Nage has stepped back during the parry and is now ready to step forward again.
  18. Fig. 18 shows the 1st Jo Tsuki in right Hammi after Nage has stepped forward. Now Nage completes the sequence starting in right Hammi and continues to do the sequence on alternate sides.

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