There’s two new blocks of concrete hanging around the Dojo right now. Actually, there is going to be quite a few over the next few months as I build by hand each piece of training equipment for Hojo undō. Hojo undō (補助運動) is a Japanese term, translated as “supplementary exercises”, that refers to the conditioning exercises specifically used in Kobudō, the old arts of olden times. Hojo undō training was designed to develop ambidextrous physical strength, stamina, muscle coordination, speed, and posture. This style of training uses simple, traditional devices, made from wood and stone.
Please feel free to use this training equipment on your own at the Dojo prior to class, following class or on your own. The next item I will be making is called a Tou which is simply a bundle of bamboo tied together either at both the top and bottom or tied in the middle. The tou is used to condition fingers and hands while doing circular motion striking.
Director of the Jinenkan Kosei Gogi Dojo, and personal student of Manaka Unsui.