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10 Kumi Jo A step by step guide on how to do it correctly and effectively
The 10 Kumi jo (drills) will help you learn how to use the staff (jo) to against a staff wielding partner
The ’10 Kumi jo’ are 10 partnered drills to practice Aiki Jo.
Saito Sensei learned the Jo (staff) from Osensei. He broke down Osensei’s Jo movements into small 2 to 4 step movements. The ’10 kumi no jo’ is the ‘kumi’ (partner practice) of 20 jo staff drills known as jo suburi.
The purpose of the kumi jo is for the Aikidoka to get a deeper understanding of movement, awase, and timing whilst using a staff. There are subtle shapes and form in the kumi jo that can be applied to taijutsu.
Saito Sensei originally taught ony 7 kumi jo (source). He added another three kumi jo movements that are similar to the 7 ken tai jo movements.
Here are the videos 10 Kumi Jo:
1 to 5 Kumi Jo
6 to 10 kumi jo
Here are videos of Aikido masters demonstrating the kumi jo
Hitohira Saito Sensei
source: Nat Geo
Stephanie Yap Sensei and Kaspar Jensen Sensei
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