— PRESENTATION: SHINTŌ MUSŌ RYŪ JŌJUTSU —
This school’s name can be pronounced Shintō Musō Ryū as well as Shindō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu. It was founded by the famous Musō Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi at the beginning of the 17th century, after he studied for a long time to find a way to defeat the sword with a staff.
The specialty of that school is to use a combination of Tsuki (thrust), Harai (sweep) and Uchi (hit) techniques, using both sides of the staff equally. The movements are carried on continuously and should adapt to the opponent's movements and attacks naturally, as if the Jo was a part of the practitioner’s own body. That way, it becomes possible to knock down the opponent’s weapon.
Mr. Matsui Kenji, who is leading this demonstration, possesses a Japanese Menkyo of the Fukuoka line of the Shintō Musō Ryū, along with a Menkyo of Asayama Ichiden-ryū. He was a student of Takaji Shimizu and Ichizo Otofuji. He is also a scholar and author of several works on Shinto Muso Ryū’s history and lineage.
School: Shintō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu
Event: Meiji Jingu Kobudo Demonstration 2019
Venue: Meiji Jingu, Nishisando Shibachi
Founder: Musō Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi
Current representative: Matsui Kenji
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