History of the Martial Art

Histoire Jodo

The art of the stick was born of a legend. Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese warrior of great notoriety (1600-1678), after defeating Musô Gonosuke in a saber fight, leaves his life saved. Muso Gonosuke retired on Mount Homan to meditate on his defeat. A divine revelation brings the solution: a stick of 128 cm and 23 mm diameter in white oak wood. Using the latter as a sword, but also as a spear (yari) and a halberd (naginata), Musô Gonosuke again defies Miyamoto Musashi and, this time, wins the victory, dominating the terrible technique two Sabers (nito) of his opponent. Muso Gonosuke then accepted disciples who later formed the Kuroda Clan in Fukuoka, on the island of Kyûshû, where the teaching of jôjutsu will be lavished until the beginning of this century. The introduction of the jôjutsu, to the Japanese first, will be done shortly before the Second World War by Me Takaji Shimizu.

The latter, endowed with a great spirit of openness, introduces this art in Manchuria, first and then to any foreigner wishing to seriously study the Japanese martial culture. The first western to benefit from the jôjutsu's teaching was an American named Donn F. Draeger in the late 1950s. Together, Mr. Shimizu and Mr. Draeger founded the Jôdô International Federation (the jutsu prefix was abandoned soon after The war, deemed too aggressive by the US occupation forces).

History of the Section

In 1968, Pascal Krieger, then 1st dan of jûdô, traveled to Japan where, during his daily training at Kôdôkan, he met Mr. D. F. Draeger. The latter encouraged him to study classical art in parallel with his practice of the jûdô and presented it to Mr. Shimizu in March 1969 for his first lesson in jôdô.

After a two-year stay in Japan, Pascal returned to Geneva to unofficially found a jodo section, before returning, eight months later, to the United States, where he resided for nearly two years. Returning to Japan at the end of 1972, he remained there for another four years in order to continue his stick and saber training.

In 1976, he returned definitively to the SDK to open, officially this time, a section jôdô formed then survivors of his first passage in 1971, Matthias Wenderoth and Marc Noguet. Hence, with ups and downs, the jôdô section developed into one of the small sections of the SDK, made up of 15 to 18 regular pupils.

Thanks to his many connections with the world of European budgets, Pascal was soon called upon to give placements in several European countries. Over the years, the SDK gradually became the European center of the jôdô and it is in our dôjô that several annual courses of continental importance are held.

Me Shimizu having died in 1978, followed in 1982 by Me Draeger, Pascal found himself isolated on the scene of the jôdô international. In 1994, during an internship at the Jôdô International Federation in Hawaii, Pascal reunited with Mr. Tsuneo Nishioka whom he had known in Japan, thus benefiting from traditional teaching. This new allegiance provoked some technical changes which were naturally absorbed by the European groups working with Pascal.
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