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Another group of techniques that you will run into as your Aikido training progresses is Jo Tori, and this is how to deal with a partner that has a weapon, namely the Jo. So, we’re are going to deal with how to take the Jo away from the partner, and then also at one point in time during jo tori, when I am holding the jo and my partner is trying to grab it from me.

If we start with the jo, we’ll generally begin with my partner holding the jo and performing a series of attacks, again which are similarly enough to the open hands techniques. We can see the same principles apply. So one of the first that we will see is ski. So this is just like open hand technique if he was going to punch to the leading side, this is like ski.

So in any Aikido technique the most important thing is to get off line and away from the strike. The first thing I need to do is be aware of how I am moving my body away from the strike. I want to make contact with the weapon or the hand, take control and bring it my side. Lift, and project. Just as in with the other weapons, I always want to end up holding the weapon at the end of the technique.

So his first technique is considered Kokyunage. I always end up with the Jo. Kai ten. Hold the weapon to my side and take control, lift, and separate. I can also move to the imoti side in front. Lift, take the jo from underneath, and project. Again, I end up with the weapon.

Again, move to the imoti side, and project. I can also receive and project back where he came from. Interested in crossing my partners arms, here, and project forward again. Now, if we were to take a look at jo tori in terms of when I am holding the weapon, my partner’s coming to get it, so either grab with one or both hands, and this is a great way to demonstrate how not to fight with your partners strength. He is grabbing into the jo, I don’t want to try to pull or move my partner, I want to leave that contact point where it is, move around it, and project out and away, and also avoid it altogether. Take the feet, and also create some wrist locks and pins and immobilizations.

So jo tori consist of me holding the weapon, or in an instance where my partner is holding the weapon and attacking. So jo tori.



  1. I like the aikidotechnics, but can some one explain me please, why the jo-strike-side is worst? In many aikido jo movies i see not good jo strikes. Here at beginning at 0:51 he will hit the target, but than pushing mor forward in to the air to come to an bad position with jo. Bend forwward adn downwards. Why? If you watch the picture(pause movie) at 0:51 why the first hand is so faraway and body bent forwart? If he will leave the first hand closer he dont need to bend like this. In aikido all watch for center and balance and dont bent forward and so on, why not when pushing a jo?

  2. @Jesse Spears  I dont think the situation is the same with the jo. The range in the beginning will be too far to enter at the good moment. That's why we never see yokomen with jo and ken in demonstrations

  3. That would be a yokomen attack. Different entry, but most of the same techniques still apply.

    Please note that he's showing a VERY small subset of techniques in each of these videos.

    As an example, for my blackbelt test I did 6-8 different techniques for each of 3 different attacks with jo, bokken (sword), and tanto (knife). And even then, there were more techniques (that I know) that I didn't demonstrate (and I only know a small subset of takeaways for each of these weapons).

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