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Jo: The Combat Weapon of Japan and Okinawa

The most famous story regarding the use of the weapon called the Jo, goes something like this, there once was a great master of the Bo who decided to challenge the great swordsmaster Miyamoto Musashi to a duel. This master, Gonnosuke Muso, had trained in Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu and Kashima Shin Ryu, and was involved in a Musha Shugyo, a warrior's journey of austere training. In this type of journey, a warrior would visit other martial arts schools, practicing their art and many times fighting challenge matches.

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