The Shindo Muso Ryu JODO was founded more than 300 years ago by Muso Gonnosuke. He combined the most important techniques of Kenjutsu (art of the sword), Sojutsu (art of the spear) and Naginatajutsu (art of the halberd) and used to that means a stick (jo) made of hardwood, 128 cm long and with a diameter of 2,4 cm. The strategy and the techniques of the school were very hard to learn and during many years it was taught in secret.
The JODO practice has many advantages. That is why it was decided, under the guidance of the 25th headmaster Takaji Shimizu Dai Sensei, to make JODO accessible to more people. In the original system there existed 64 kata (forms) and 12 kihon (basic techniques).