Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff
by Dave Lowry SenseiOhara Publications, Inc.
A practitioner of Shindo Muso Ryu jodo, Dave Lowry presents an introduction to the history and technique of the jo, a traditional Japanese four-foot long staff. Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff, however, focuses on Aiki-jo methods that are practiced in some forms of aikido, which is the most easily accessible form of jo training for individuals living outside of Japan. As the result, aikido throws relating to the jo are also featured.
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About the Author: Mr. Dave Lowry has a degree in English, and works as a professional writer. He has authored numerous books, including "Sword and Brush" (Shambhala); his monthly columns appear in several martial arts magazines, and he is the restaurant critic for "St. Louis Magazine."