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Fugakukai International Association

Karl E. Geis, Hanshi
10th Dan Aikido, 9th Dan Judo U.S.J.A., 8th Dan Jyodo


Tai So Yoi Place the jo behind the arm on the left side, held vertically with the tip
of the jo resting on the floor
Sage Jo Place the jo behind the arm on the right side and hold the jo vertically
when walking and carrying the weapon
Tsune No Kamae Assume the natural basic posture with the jo held on the right side with the
tip centered on the opponent
Honte No Kamae Assume the forward/on guard position with the jo centered on the opponent's
eyes and the forward hand in a natural position
Gyakute No Kamae Assume the forward/on guard position with the jo centered on the opponent's
eyes, with the forward hand in a reverse position
Hiki Otoshi No Kamae Assume the side posture/on guard position with the jo
Ichi Monji No Kamae Assume the jo position for Tsuki Hazushi Uchi with the jo held horizontally
above the head, each hand grasping the ends of the jo
Hasso No Kamae Assume a position with the sword held on the right side, tip pointing up and
back at a 45 degree angle with the tsuba next to the corner of the mouth
Yamae Stop all activity immediately, return the jo to Honte No Kamae and wait for
further instructions
Motoe Return to Tsune No Kamae
Itchi Kotai Change positions with your training partner, do not trade weapons
Shi Uchi Kotai Exchange weapons with your training partner
Osame Put away the sword
Jo Osame Put away the jo
Yoi Ready (to begin)
Hajime Begin
Kiyotsuke Attention (to begin or end class)
Rei Bow
Sensei Ni Rei Bow to the teacher
Maware Migi About-face (pivot to the right)

Shin Spirit, also called kami
Do The 'way', a path or means of personal development
Muso Dream or vision, also the family name of the developer of Jodo, Muso Gonnusuke
Ryu Collection of martial skills taught within a school
Jodo The 'way' of training with a short staff
Tandoku Single individual training (kihon tandoku), also called shitori geiko
Sotai Two person training with bokken and jo (kihon sotai), also called futari geiko
Kihon Basic movements or techniques
Kata Pre-arranged training forms designed to teach principle and application
Kamae A posture which reflects combative spirit and readiness
Shisei Posture
Migi Right
Hidari Left
Ma-Ai Combative distance between opponents, judgement of engagement distance
Sensei Teacher
Shihan Master teacher
Bokken Wooden training sword
Jo Wooden staff
Shidachi Jo wielder
Uchidachi Bokken wielder