We are a branch of the Shoshinkan Iaido group that is based in Nottingham, who meet up periodically for Jodo practice. Jodo means the way of the staff or stick, which is a cylindrical stick around 130 cm in length typically made from Japanese red or white oak. All current members of the Shoshinkan dojo that have been in regular attendance at the Iaido classes are welcome to participate, provided they have the correct clothing and equipment. Please ask instructors before purchasing any training items to ensure that they meet the correct training requirements, and see the photo below.


Sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month with a refresher session held sometime in between. This is usually added at the end of the Iaido class on Thursday evening. This all comes together with a prolonged Jodo practice every four months or so, lasting around three hours, to be held on a Saturday at NUSA.

Students begin with the Seitei Jodo that was devised and developed by Shimizu Sensei before moving on to practicing the Shinto Muso Ryu Katas. These katas are a koryu. Koryu means old school ways and traditions and usually refers to any Japanese martial art that is over 250 years old. The Shinto Muso Ryu (SMR) was originally created by Muso Gonnosuke Sensei, who reputedly was the only person to have ever beaten the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi in a duel, using the Jo as his weapon of choice.

Jodo practice sessions are only available to members of our Iaido club. If you wish to participate you will need to become a member of the Shoshinkan Iaido Dojo and be 18 years old and above.