October 11, 2015
This week, my good buddy Chris Gavin
joins the program. Chris and I have
known each other since we were little kids, and he we worked out together at
the Univisity of Illinois Shuri Ryu Karate Club starting back in 2000. Chris and I start off by reminiscing about
the UofI club and then talk about the upcoming Jodo and Karate seminar in
Cincinnati with Sensei Choushou Fukuhara.
On Saturday, November 7th, The Kosho School of Karate will host a
Seminar by 2014 Japanese National Batto-Do Champion, Sensei Choushou Fukuhara
and 6 members of the Mei Sui Kan dojo in Okinawa, including former Chop Talk
guest, Miwa Kanazawa.
The seminar will focus on the Jodo:
The art of the short staff, but will also include sessions taught by Sensei David
Hamann on Shuri Ryu Karate, and Miwa Kanazawa on Goju Ryu Karate, and one more
instructor we can't announce just yet.... but hopefully I will be able to talk
about that soon...
Jodo is the japanese martial art of
the short staff. It was started in the
1600s by Muso Gonnonosuke, who was one of the most famous samurai in Japan. He
was considered to be the best practitionaer of the bo, or 6' staff in Japan at
that time. He fought a duel with
Miyamoto Musashi, but lost because he couldn't maneuver his 6' bo in such a way
to block musashi's 2 sword attack.
Defeated but still alive, he
retreated the mountains near Fukuoka in Southern Japan and at found a temple, Kamado Jinja where he developed the
art of Jodo. He shortened his long staff to 4' and practiced striking and thrusting attacks
to use against the sword. The shorter
staff let him mimic the movements of the sword, spear, and nagainata and also
allowed him to move inside of a swordsman's guard. When the time was right, he
challenged Musashi again, this time defeating him. This was the only time
Musashi lost a match in his entire career.
If you are interesed in
learning more about the jo, you are not
going to find a better opportunity than this seminar. We will have something for beginners and also
advanced jo practitioners. We will also
have some great karate sessions for those of you who are interested in
hand-to-hand martial arts.
To find out more about the seminar with
Sensei Choushou Fukuhara and the Kosho School of Karate in Cincinnati, call
513-510-3844, email email@example.com, or visit the event page on
facebook. I have been posting some videos and photos about the seminar on the
facebook page, so definately check it out!