Akiyama Jodo is a part of https://bricksite.com/vestfynaikikai, where we train Aikido, Aiki Toho, Kyudo and Shinto Musô Ryû Jodo.
Akiyama Jodo have chosen to practice the style of Jodo called Shinto Muso Ryu, which is a non-competitive budo (martial art). We are organised under the European Jodo Federation who has appointed Michael Söderkvist of Sweden as our teacher.
In Jodo, precision, technical skill and interaction with your attacker is prioritized, while power and speed are not in themselves - effectiveness comes as skill improves. Therefore, we practice the same movements again and again. There is always something to improve to achieve greater precision. There are many details and the more you repeat, the better your muscle memory becomes.
Why train jodo?
- You train on a team but as one person - it's not a teamsport.
- You do not compete against others - only against your own current skill.
- Everybody works at their level, but everyone trains with each other -both beginners and advanced.
- There's always more to learn - better precision, more details and -not least - a better understanding.
- The discipline is non-violent, and there is little close physical contact. The point is self-defence against a person with a sword.
- The training is gentle on the body, and good for the shoulders, mobility and awareness of your body and your posture.
- Practice makes you aware of where you are in the room and where other people are.
Requirements of you
- You must be able to follow collective instructions to the team and be able to receive constructive criticism.
- You should be able to function in a quiet enviroment without talking all the time.
- You should show respect to the dojo, the teacher, and the other students.
Jo is a budo (a martial art) and we follow Japanese tradition regarding etiquette and behavior. This is why we bow respectfully to each other to greet and to indicate we're ready to practice. The dojo (practice hall) is divided into areas so that one always knows where to stand. This is true for Jodo anywhere in the world. Of course, you'll learn this along the way.
In addition we are able to participate in seminars elsewhere in Europe (listed on EJF's website).
About our name, Akiyama
Our dojo is in the small town of Vissenbjerg on the island of Funen. Freely translated, aki means "autumn" or "leaf fall". In Japanese, mountain is called yama. So "Vissenbjerg" became "autumn mountain", which is Akiyama in Japanese.