Registration is now open for the March 7th session
Jodo (short for Jodo Seitei) is a traditional Japanese martial art dating back to the 1600’s. It features the jo (short staff) in defense of the bokken (traditional Japanese wooden sword). Here at AZC, jodo training is an extension of individual Zen practice - equanimity in the face of uncertainty. Jodo training is suitable for both men and women of all ages – to include mature teens.
- As a Zen student, are you looking to add a slightly more dynamic dimension to your Zen practice?
- Have you always been attracted to the martial arts - but kicking and punching just doesn't quite cut it for you?
- Are you currently studying a martial art and are looking for a way to incorporate a meditative discipline?
Consider jodo training!
The essence of jodo ...
The successful defense of the short staff in the face of the Japanese sword truly requires that you simply let go - that you lose all attachments. As you assume the role of the defending jo, the attacking bokken is your teacher. Whether cutting or thrusting, each attack must be met immediately, appropriately and naturally. Will you cling to your notions of right and wrong, of what should or shouldn’t be, of what's happened in the past or of what you have imagined for the future – will you cling to the myriad of responses that you have rehearsed … or will you stand essentially naked, clothed only in clarity? And will your partner, simply respond … “Well done!”
This is the essence of jodo training - a practice that is suitable for everyone. You can do this! For more info you can pick up a brochure in the meeting room or you can read the online version below.
All jodo training begins with instruction in the basics - consisting of 12 4-week sessions. It is meant primarily as advanced training for AZC members who contribute to the running of the center. But, space available, it is open to other AZC members and to non-members as well. To that end, there is a three-tiered structure of suggested donations:
- Current AZC members who have contributed to the center through samu (work practice) and officer roles: FREE
- Current AZC members not covered above: $35 / session
- All others: $75 / session
There is a signup sheet in the meeting room - be sure to get your name on it. (Those of you who are new to AZC can check the schedule and simply drop by to sign up.) As class approaches, we will be contacting those on the list. Questions? Always feel free to call or send a note using the Contact page.
For current jodo students, you can make your session donations online ...