I'd be interested in hearing more about this.
Originally Posted by Brian Stokes
Has your group ever competed at the SD Grand Internationals? My teacher runs the stickfighting division and has expanded it to weapon sparring of all sorts- either short or long, and he's expressed interest in having other stylists attending (it's pretty much eskrimadors now).
FML, I was JUST in San Diego for work. Would have loved to watch, and/or participate, in that semiar.
The seminar has not happened yet, but if you're ever in the area and interested in coming by to check it out, just let us know. The location, dates, and times are up on the website.
Originally Posted by daishi
No competitions for this kind of thing; however, if you have an interest in polearms and/or staff weapons, I recommend checking it out. This is a unique system of naginata and jo as they stem from the sohei (warrior monks) rather than samurai. Even the jo techniques are derived from the knogojo which is made of iron rather than wood. It puts an interesting slant on things.
Originally Posted by Permalost
Here is a nice demonstration of naginata and jo performed within the Suio-ryu:
We just announced a two day seminar on the naginata and jo of the Suio Ryu(tm). May 26th and 27th. By the way, the jo of Suio is based upon the use of the Shakujo, an iron staff.
Should have noted that the seminar is in Solana Beach, a city about five miles north of UC San Diego.
Cool, do you need any JMA experience to attend? Can I just use my long rattan stick?
Edit: Also, do you know Marc Fox? He runs an aikido dojo north of San Diego, and his JMA weapon work has impressed me.
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Answers to Questions
No JSA necessary.
The cost is $120 for both days or $80 for the day.
I have never had the pleasure to meet Marc Fox. I myself have never participated in aikido and we rent from the North County Aikikai dojo where Coryl Sensei instructs. She has graciously allowed us to use the dojo for that specific weekend.
No rattan. The naginata is a heavy weapon which requires specific movements and stances that a light rattan / light wooden weapon does not. We should have a few naginata avialable for the participants to use.
Hope that answers your questions!