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Page Revision Date - 20 Sep 2015 09:15
Solo Practice with Jo - TANDOKU DOSA
It is important to practice the basics until your movements flow easily. Jo training helps you learn to judge distances.
Timing is very important and is expected to be demonstrated during Tandoku Dosa (two or more students present) or Sotai Dosa during training or at gradings.
KIAI - Jo utilizes a Kiai (yell) but there is a specific Kiai for a strike or a thrust.
When starting out you can use dowel (with the above dimensions, may need to cut it/have it cut down to the right length). This can be purchased inexpensively from most hardware stores.
BASIC JO POSITIONS
KIHON - TANDOKU DOSA
In some martial art styles you can get by without learning much Japanese (beyond counting, stances, strikes or blocks etc. and often the English translation is given as well). At a standard Jo grading all the commands are given solely in Japanese. If you learn all the Japanese names and terms on this page you shouldn't have any trouble at a standard grading.
If more than one student is grading in the basic Tandoku Dosa it is important they attempt to keep in time and kiai at the same time as much as possible.
Kiai's need to be strong, they demonstrate you are confident.
4th Kyu grading you need to perform Kihon Ippon me through to Yonbon me which incorporate the four basic Jo positions. First four techniques.
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