After 5 years spent in a seminary to become a White Father, he undertakes an apprenticeship as typographer in Montreux as from He obtains his 1st degree black belt in Judo just before leaving, by boat, for Japan. He stays there during two years during which he meets Donn F. In order to survive, Pascal teaches French and English a few hours a day. In , his father being seriously ill, Pascal returns home just in time to see him die.
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One can strike with the jo like a sword or sweep the jo like a naginata. The jo can be used to thrust like you would a spear yari and both ends of the jo can be used as a weapon, unlike the sword. Depending on the grip by which the jo is held, the fighting distance ma-ai is variable. A series of twelve basic movements, Kihon , using a short wooden staff cms performed with agility and dexterity are the basis of Jodo.
By combining these basic movements, the 64 techniques against the sword of Shindo Muso Ryu are taught usually in a progressive order. Because no protection is worn, a certain amount of courage is needed if one is not to fear the blows.
The more advanced students also study kata a series of techniques from related schools of traditional weapons such as:.
Iishin Ryu Kusarigama Jutsu — sickle and chain with a ball but now wooden weapons are used for practice for obvious reasons. The jo gained fame in the year when it was used in a duel, against the most famous swordsman in Japan, Musashi Miyamoto by the founder of Shindo Muso Ryu, Muso Gonnosuke. Over years later, the jo is still being put to practical use today by the Tokyo Riot Police.
Jodo: Way of the Stick
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Once in this position, Gonnosuke could not move in such a way as to prevent Musashi from delivering a counterattack, and Musashi elected to spare his life. Returning the courtesy he received during their previous duel, Gonnosuke spared Musashi's life. Witness accounts of Musashi's life, as well as his own writings, insist he retired from dueling undefeated. Most practitioners specialise in only one school.
Jodo the Way of the Stick