Black Belt Communications, 1987. Paperback. condition. Fine
Teaches the art of the jo, the simple short staff that defeated the great swordsman Musashi. Topics include history, fundamentals, combinations, the traditional 31-count form and applications against a swordsman. Dave Lowry is a noted scholar and practitioner of Japanese weaponry. The jo appears to be the lowliest of all tools--an ordinary length of wood--yet it's an exceptional weapon. While no one speaks of famous jo makers the way they do of sword smiths, the jo is capable of snapping the best swords ever forged. Packed with information on correct grips, stances, postures and etiquette, the book also outlines striking methods, combination techniques, and a 31-count formal solo exercise called tandoku renshu, making it the ultimate resource for those who appreciate Japan's most subtle weapon.