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Aikijo | Staff of Aikido

1 hour 8 minutes
39 lesson slides
7 new terms

With this lesson you will be able to build the core basics with the Aikijo which include the development of (1) the stance structure and (2) the arms form. The skill to use the structure of the body is fundamental for the Aikido practice. You will discover how the jo is transformed into the Aikijo and serves the purpose of unification, not destructive goals. The practice with the Aikijo is aimed to unite all the parts of your body together in the holistic movements of Aikido. You will be able to learn how to approach the jo to prepare your body for the Aikido practice.

The lesson includes instructions about the Shomen and Tsuki based movements with the Aikijo, body structure building concepts, protection position and accompanying transitions, shifts to and from the standing position and developing exercises with the Aikijo sufficient for the basic skills development and suitable for any person, regardless of previous experience in martial arts, to obtain the right understanding of the Aikijo practice.

Lesson Outline

  • Aikijo
  • Standing
  • Level Transitions
  • Structure Development
  • Tsuki Uchi
  • Shielding Move
  • Exercise 1 | Tsuki and Shomen
  • Exercise 2 | Tsuki and Shielding for Yokomen Uchi
  • Lesson Insight
  • Unit Resume | Quick Review

Workshop Features

  • Detailed Video Instructions
  • Focus Slides
  • Lesson Printouts
  • Terminology Printout
  • Forum
  • Notes Pad
  • Additional Resource Materials