2016 North American Shindo Muso Ryu summer gasshuku
The Capital Area Jodokai

Capital Area Budokai. The Budokai acts as a kind of Japanese weapons arts “collective” that shares a dojo and provides cross-art support. In addition to jodo, the Budokai offers classes in kyudo, kendo, naginata, batto-do and mugai ryu iaijutsu.

The Capital Area Jodokai has served as a host for semi-annual gasshuku for others working in Kaminoda Sensei’s Tokyo-den style jojutsu since 2005. The highlight of these gasshuku came in 2007 when Sensei came over to join in the training camp.

The Capital Area Jodokai was established in 2004 when a group of Kaminoda Sensei’s students in the D.C. area were invited to join the

International Friendship Jodo Seminar, August 2007, Washington, D.C.

As part of the Capital Area Budokai our group includes some 20 students. Women make up twenty percent of our membership. Our oldest member is somewhere over seventy and our youngest was 14 when she joined. We practice jojutsu, but also Kasumi Shinto Ryu kenjutsu, Isshin Ryu Kusarigamajutsu, Ikkaku Ryu Juttejutsu, and Uchida Ryu Tanjojutsu.

Namiai Kusarigama Gasshuku, Embu, Taikai, 2005.

Members of the Capital Area Jodokai also travel to Japan for gasshuku and taikai events on a regular basis.

International Friendship Taikai & Gasshuku, Kashima, Japan, 2006.

The Capital Area Jodokai performs demonstrations at many events around the D.C. area. If you are interested in having us show this magnificent 400 year old art, please contact Dan Pearson directly via e-mail.

Dan and Richard, Isshin ryu kusarigamajutsu, Sakura Matsuri 2012

Karen and Ray, Sakura Matsuri warm-up, 2014