Have a look at these videos above (not brilliant quality but excellent content):
Donn Draeger and Kaminoda Tsuemori performing Jo vs Sword
In addition to Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo in general, and the particular expression of these of Maruyama Sensei, Canberra Aikido dojo studies Shinto Muso Ryu Kenjutsu (SMR) as a Study Group under the supervision of David Dangerfield Sensei. See http://www.koryu.com/guide/muso.html for an overview of SMR. Material covered in training includes sword, short sword, staff and short stick/cane. The sword style in SMR is called Shinto Ryu.
SMR is known as the foundation style for Jojutsu, however its founder was a noted swordsman, a menkyo kaiden in 2 sword styles, and sword is integral to the SMR technique and thought for all weapons taught within the ryu. Whilst Omote focuses on Jo, it is also teaching sword, and in any case the Jo itself is based in large part on sword. The Chuden level explores more advanced Jo and also teaches ancillary weapons in addition. The Okuden level, while teaching the most advanced Jo, also specifically teaches sword, short sword and two-sword at an advanced level. There are also teachings only shown to those awarded the Menkyo Kaiden.
Canberra Aikido is very grateful to David Dangerfield Sensei of the Shinto Muso Ryu and his teacher Nishioka Tsuneo Sensei, for the opportunity to study the Kenjutsu of Shinto Muso Ryu as a Study Group under Dangerfield Sensei’s supervision. Nishioka Sensei was the retired headmaster of the Sei Ryu Kai, an organisation created using a derivation of his teacher’s name. The Kenshinryu Chief Instructor, David Dangerfield, is one of a small number of people to have received the traditional certification of ‘Shomokuroku’ from Nishioka Sensei.
Training in Shinto Muso Ryu Kenjutsu significantly advances understanding of aspects of Aikido.
Training in Shinto Muso Ryu Kenjutsu in Canberra is available completely independently of the Aikido training.
Shinto Muso Ryu Kenjutsu class time: Sundays 11-12am and Wednesdays 8-9pm.
Shinto Muso Ryu Kenjutsu class locations: Sunday – Scout Hall, Hovea Street, O’Connor. Wednesday – Scout Hall in La Trobe Park, cnr Gawler Cres & Melbourne Ave Deakin.
(Please call Murray Loader on 0412 413 366)