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Shindō Musō Ryū Jō-Dō

We practice the Shindō Musō Ryū (神道夢想流) school of traditional Samurai weapon techniques as taught by Shihan Mukaida Takeshi (向井田武), Menkyo Kaiden. This Kōryū (literally old-school) was founded by Musō Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi (夢想権之助勝吉) in the early part of seventeenth century. Musō Gonnosuke was a renowned Samurai who is believed to have dueled with and defeated the famous Miyamoto Musashi.

Initially, he was defeated by Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵, 1584–1645) and withdrew to Kamado Shintō Shrine to meditate. The school legend tells that based on a vision, he developed the Jō-jutsu (128 cm staff) techniques and won in a later encounter with Miyamoto Musashi.

Musō Gonnosuke became the senior martial arts instructor of the Kuroda clan (the Samurai of Fukuoka domain, in Kyushu, Japan) and developed a complete system which he called Shintō Musō Ryū. This school remained an exclusive art of the Kuroda Samurai until the end of the feudal era in Japan.

The development of Jō-jutsu techniques was influenced by other weapons methods such as Ken-jutsu (sword),  So-jutsu (spear) and Naginata-jutsu (halberd) which contribute to the versatility of techniques of Jō-jutsu. 

The founder also developed a series Ken-jutsu techniques with Tachi (or Katana, long-sword) and Ko-dachi (or Wakizashi, short-sword). Collectively they are called Shintō-ryū Ken-jutsu.

The main weapon studied is the Jō. It is made of Japanese oak, and the typical length is around 128cm (approx. 2.5cm in diameter), therefore it is about 30cm longer than the average sword allowing an advantageous reach during fight.
Throughout the centuries, the Shindō Musō Ryū curriculum evolved and assimilated other schools of weapons which are still studied today. The 3rd Headmaster Matsuzaki Kin'emon Shigekatsu (松崎金右衛門重勝) created the Ikkaku-ryū Jutte-jutsu (一角流十手術, police arresting weapon) and Ittatsu-ryū Hojo-jutsu (一達流捕縄術, arresting rope binding). The 25th Headmaster Shiraishi Hanjiro was also a Menkyo Kaiden of  Isshin-ryū Kusarigama-jutsu (a sickle with a long chain and weight) and incorporated this system into the Shindō Musō Ryū curriculum as well as the Uchida-ryū Tanjo-jutsu (内田流短杖術, techniques with a walking stick) developed by his fellow practicioner Shihan Uchida Ryōgorō (内田良五郎).

This effective and complete system employs swift body movements and many circular motions, making it elegant and at the same time, a complete workout for the body and mind. The techniques of Shindō Musō Ryū are normally trained against a sword attack , although  they can be applied to modern self-defense against a variety of attacks with or without weapons.

In Finland the Chief Instructor for the Shindō Musō Ryū Jō-Dō, for the line of Shihan Mukaida, is Shihan Pilato Marco.
He is a direct student if Shihan Mukaida and one of his closest and highest ranking students and currently holds the rank of Go-Mokuroku. Shihan Pilato regularly presents Shindō Musō Ryū with his teacher, Shihan Mukaida, in front of the highest representatives of Japanese Budō styles during key events in Japan.