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How to do the Aikido 20 Jo Suburi
First of all, let me say that the 20 Jo Suburi are the building blocks of Aikido Jo or Aiki Jo.
Bukiwaza (Weapons techniques) are set kata drills that help you master the movements and numerous Aikido forms.
The 20 Jo Suburi are the base to Aikijo (Aikido Jo), which leads to 10 Kumi Jo, 13 Jo Kata, 13 Kumi Jo, 31 Jo Kata, 31 Kumi Jo and all the various Jo Aikido techniques. Know the Jo Suburi first before you attempt to do the other Aikijo techniques.
Saito Morihiro Sensei demonstrates 20 Jo Suburi
Morihei Ueshiba Osensei taught the Aiki Jo to Morihiro Saito Sensei. Saito Sensei, in turn, developed the 20 Jo Suburi so he can pass Osensei’s Aiki Jo to Aikido Students. In this video, Saito Sensei teaches and demonstrates the 20 Jo Suburi.
Bukiwaza and Taijutsu (Body techniques or unarmed techniques) are related to each other. Suburi literally means ‘drill’ or ‘swing’ in Japanese.
There is an old Aikido saying…
‘When doing taijutsu think like you are doing bukiwaza. When you are doing bukiwaza think how you can apply it to taijutsu’.
The 20 Jo Suburi teaches the Aikidoka (Aikido Practitioner) how to tsuki (thrust), cut, throw and much more.
These 20 Jo Suburi moves are divided into five groups:
Five Thrusting (tsuki) Movements
1. Direct thrust (choku-tsuki)
2. Counter-thrust (kaeshi-tsuki)
3. Rear thrust (ushiro-tsuki)
4. Thrust, low counter (tsuki gedan-gaeshi)
5. Thrust, high counter strike (tsuki jōdan-gaeshi-uchi)
Five Striking (uchi) Movements
6. Front-of-the-head stepping strike (shōmen’uchikomi)
7. Repeating stepping strike (renzoku uchikomi)
8. Head strike, low counter (menuchi gedan-gaeshi)
9. Head strike, rear thrust (menuchi ushiro-tsuki)
10. Reverse side-of-the-head strike, rear thrust (gyaku-yokomen ushiro-tsuki)
Three ‘One-handed’ (katate) Movements
11. One-handed low counter (katate gedan-gaeshi)
12. One-handed distant-interval strike (katate tōma-uchi)
13. One-handed “figure-eight” counter (katate hachi-no-ji gaeshi)
Five ‘Figure-eight’ (hassō) Movements
14. “Figure-eight” counter, strike (hassō-gaeshi uchi)
15. “Figure-eight” counter, thrust (hassō-gaeshi tsuki)
16. “Figure-eight” counter, rear thrust (hassō-gaeshi ushiro-tsuki)
17. “Figure-eight” counter, rear strike (hassō-gaeshi ushiro-uchi)
18. “Figure-eight” counter, rear sweep (hassō-gaeshi ushiro-barai)
Two Flowing (Nagare) Movements
19. Flowing counter strike (nagare-gaeshi-uchi)
20. Right flowing counter thrust (migi nagare-gaeshi-tsuki)
The purpose of this page is to help Aikido Students for their grading. Aikido Students can use this page as a textbook for learning and grading. Aikido students can see ways to do the 20 Jo Suburi. This page is not designed to replace the teacher or Aikido Sensei. Please train with a qualified Aikido Sensei before commencing solitary training.
Aikido videos on how correctly do the 20 Jo Suburi
Hitohira Sensei demonstrates the 20 Jo Suburi
Hitohira Saito Sensei is from Iwama Japan and the head of the Iwama Aikido Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai organisation. Saito Sensei is an Iwama Aikido Master that has been training the 20 Jo Suburi since he was a child.
Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei
Aikido instruction: Jo Suburi 1 to 20 This video shows the 20 Jo Suburi. The exercises are executed by Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei, chief instructor of TAKN.
This is an instructional video made by Takemusu Aikido Kyokai Nederland. TAKN chief instructor, Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (Roku-dan) was a permanent soto deshi in Iwama under Morihiro Saito Shihan from 1986 until 1993.
Bjorn Saw Sensei demonstrates 20 Jo Suburi
Bjorn Saw Sensei dojocho of Aikido Alive London began training traditional Iwama Takemusu Aikido in Sweden for Takeji Tomita Shihan, 7 dan, in 1974.
While in Japan Bjorn Sensei also practised Kashima Shinryu sword under Minoru Inaba Sensei in the Shiseikandojo at the Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo (1987-1993). He received his Nidan (1993) from Saito Sensei in Iwama and subsequently opened his first Aikido school in Värmdö, Sweden.
To find out more about Saw Sensei please visit: www.aikidoalive.co.uk
In this video, Bjorn Sensei demonstrates the 20 Jo Suburi.
Matt Hill Sensei of the United Kingdom
Matt Hill is an Aikido Sensei and a Systema Instructor. To know more about Matt Hill Sensei please visit: http://www.matthill.co.uk/
Shigemi Inagaki Sensei
Inagaki Sensei in a seminar in Sao Paulo
Shigemi Inagaki Sensei started practising Aikido in 1958 under the guidance of the Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba Osensei. After Osensei’s death in 1969, Inagaki Sensei spent two and half years as uchi-deshi in Iwama Dojo, where he trained under Morihiro Saito Shihan.
Currently, Inagaki Sensei teaches at Aikikai Ibaraki Shibu Dojo (Iwama, Osensei’s dojo) and is a regular Director of Ibaraki Aikido Federation. He is also the Chairman of Myanmar Aikikai and Chief instructor of Aikido Association of Myanmar.
In this video Inagaki Sensei leads the 20 jo suburi in a Seminar.
Podobaev Sensei from Yoshinkan Style Aikido
To see more of Podobaev Sensei Yoshinkan Style Aikido Please visit: www.yoshinkan.ru
As you can see the 20 Jo Suburi is practised in Yoshinkan Aikido as well.
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