Shinto Muso Ryu JodoThe Way of the Stick

Preserving the Art Jodo is a classical martial art (ko budo). The way that we approach and study this art is different than our approach to aikido, though in the end our experience should lead us to the understanding that both arts (all true budo in fact) are based upon the same fundamental principals and it is only the outer forms that change. We approach jodo with a sense of preservation. It is our duty to try to keep the techniques and kata of the system exactly as they have been given to us by our teacher so that they can in turn be passed on to future generations without distortion.

Jodo Instructors

Jaff Raji
Head Instructor

Jaff has been a fulltime Budo student and instructor for more than 20 years. He is ranked Godan in Aikido, Kuden in Iaido, and Shomokuroku in Jodo. He teaches seminars year round on an international schedule that includes more than 15 countries. He studied aikido with Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and traveled to many seminars as his assistant. Jaff studies Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido with M Tiki Shewan Sensei, and Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo with Pascal Krieger Sensei. In addition to leading Ecole de Budo RAJI, Jaff is an instructor of the European Federations of JODO and IAIDO. Previously he was National Technical Manager for the French Federation of Aikido and Budo (F.F.A.B).

Michael Selin
Advanced Instructor

Michael Selin began training Judo under Tsai Sensei in 1989 in Taiwan. During this same period, he also began training Aikido in 1991 under Lee Ching Nan Sensei, and received Shodan with the Taiwan Aikido Federation and the Aikikai in Japan in 1994. In 1997 He received his Shodan with the USJI in Paramus, New Jersey under Harry Glackin Sensei. In 2000 he met Jaff Raji and began his training with the Ecole De Budo. Michael received his advanced instructors license from Raji Sensei in 2008. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007, and received his blackbelt from Tim Cartmell in 2017. Michael has also taken classes in Extreme Close Quarters Concepts and related methods from Craig Douglas and firearm courses from Mark Brinski.

Rick Bortnick

Rick is a lifelong athlete who has studied martial arts for more than 25 years. He is a sandan in Aikido who has taught adults and children for the past 11 years and has a huge wealth of experience available to anyone who seeks it.

Jodo Schedule

  • Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am–10:00am
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    Jodo Dues

    $50 all Jodo class access. There is an additional $50 annual membership fee. Learn more on our about page.

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    Jodo Lineage

    The Shinto Muso Ryu was founded nearly 400 years ago, in about 1605, by Muso Gonnosuke Katsukichi. At EBR, our lineage in jodo is as follows:

    Shimizu Takaji Sensei – 25th Headmaster Shinto Muso Ryu

    Pascal Krieger Sensei – Menkyo Kaiden (master teacher) and present head of the European Jodo Federation

    Jaff Raji Sensei – Okuiri-Sho (official teacher) and founder of Ecole de Budo RAJI – International

    * Note – Since 1994 both Krieger Sensei and Raji Sensei have been under the teaching and guidance of Nishioka Sensei, one of Shimizu Sensei’s first students and the present technical advisor to the International Jodo Federation.

    More on Jodo

    For detailed information on the rich history and current practitioners of this art please refer to the following links:
    www.fej.ch – European Jodo Federation Website – Pascal Krieger Sensei
    www.shinto-muso-ryu.org – Pan American Jo Federation Website – Phil Relnick Sensei
    www.koryubooks.com/guide/muso.html – Koryu Books Website

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