THE JAPANESE STAFF

Course Description:
The Suio Ryu is one of the oldest extant battlefield traditions in Japan, featuring the naginata, katana, wakizashi, kusarigama, and jo, amongst others. Founded at the end of the sengoku-jidai, this art is led by the 15th headmaster, Soke Katsuse Youshimitsu who for 80 years has striven to develop the art back to what it was 400 years ago. This class will delve into the usage of the jo staff of the Suio Ryu, which differs from the more modern arts in many ways.

For those practicing the western staff this class might unlock some bits of knowledge or clarify that as seen in many of the Western texts as to how to manipulate the staff.

Required Gear:
A jo or staff

Course Level:
Open to All Levels

Course Format:
Hands-On

Instructor:
Brian Stokes