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Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff (Weapons Series) Paperback – 1 Oct 1987


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications (1 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897501160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897501163
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The jo appears to be the lowliest of all tools - an ordinary length of wood - yet it's an exceptional weapon. While no one speaks of famous jo makers the way they do of sword smiths, the jo is capable of snapping the best swords ever forged. Packed with information on correct grips, stances, postures and etiquette, the book also outlines striking methods, combination techniques, and a 31-count formal solo exercise called tandoku renshu, making it the ultimate resource for those who appreciate Japan's most subtle weapon.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Smaug on 5 Jun. 2004
This is an excellent book to have if you are interested in learning to use a Jo but haven't got someone in your area to teach you. It includes a range of attacks that you can learn, it also teaches you a kata (The 31-step kata) and gives demonstrations on what effects the attacks and defence moves have on an opponant. The illustrations are superb. A must buy for all Aikido fanatics!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1998
Mr Lowry does a very good job at conveying a great deal of Aikido's Aiki-jo. One does need to know a little about the basics of aiki-jo for some of this to make sense, however this book is a great text for the practioner who can't always get to an established instructor. I have found it to be quite helpful when I reach a stumbling block and I can't remember exactly how to do a specific move.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2007
This book may be a little dated in style, but not in content. It is intended as in introduction to Jo work and shouldn't be expected to deliver more than this. It shows basic techniques, as well as a decent kata to practise. I tend to feel this is a good accompliment to actual training with a qualified instructor. I like Dave Lowry's writing style and his integrity to martial arts and recommend other books by him, especially his collected essays.

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