13 Jo Kata

 
This is the 13 step kate perform by Saito sensi, Saito Version 13 Step Kata , Another version of the 13 Step Jo kata performed by Bernice Tom

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Solo 13 Step Jo Kata

  Note: The foot position at the end of each movement is in brackets – for example: [left hanmi].  
Start Begin in left hanmi with the jo vertical on the floor. Hold the jo with the left hand.  
1 Point the tip of the jo forward and grasp the base of the jo with your right hand. Slide forward and perform choku tsuki (1st suburi). [left hanmi]  
2 Raise the jo overhead as you step slightly forward and to the right with your right foot. You should have the feeling of pushing the jo forward against an incoming thrust to your face.  This is continuous with the next movement and is not counted separately. Slide your right hand in to your left hand, let go with the left hand, and rotate the jo overhead. Step forward with your right foot and perform yokomen uchi. [right hanmi]  
3 Slide back to the left rear and raise the jo overhead to guard position (jodan no kamae). [right hanmi]  
4 Slide forward and perform choku tsuki. Your left hand is on the back of the jo. [right hanmi]  
5 Slide your right hand to the top third of the jo and your left hand to the bottom third, allowing the jo to extend back on your left side.  Hold on to the jo with your right hand and let your right hand guide the end it is holding up in front of you then down to your right then up as you push it slightly with your left hand and release it.  During all of this you step forward with your left foot then tenkan around with your right foot.  End with the jo above your right shoulder in the hasso position. [left hanmi]

You've just performed hasso gaeshi tenkan and should be in left hanmi, your right hand above your left, both thumbs towards each other near your right ear. This entire movement should feel like you're parrying a thrust to your chest coming from the front and then parrying another thrust to your chest coming from the rear.

 
6 Step forward with your right foot and perform shomen uchi. [right hanmi]  
7 Tenkan back to the front, pulling your left foot behind you and sweeping your right hand to your left shoulder. The jo is fairly vertical. This movement parries a thrust coming at your chest. [right hanmi]  
8 Slide forward and perform choku tsuki. Your left hand is on the back of the jo. [right hanmi]  
9 Slide back to the left rear, pushing the jo backward through your left hand until your right hand is at your left shoulder. Your left hand is close to your left hip (gedan no kamae).  You are not striking to the rear, but rather moving back out of the way of an attack from your front. [right hanmi]  
10 Step forward with the left foot, sweeping your left hand across your body until it is in front of your right shoulder. Your right hand is inverted and close to your right hip. The jo is almost vertical. This movement parries a thrust coming at your chest. [left hanmi]  
11 Raise your right hand so that it is parallel to the floor, slide forward and thrust. The palm of your right hand is facing you. The palm of your left hand is facing away from you. This is a reverse thrust (gyakute tsuki) to the other person's throat. [left hanmi]  
12 Slide back to the right rear, let go with your right hand and reach toward the front end of the jo from underneath. Grasp the jo your the right hand and flip the jo over. This movement knocks down a thrust that is coming at your chest. [left hanmi]  
13 Slide forward and perform choku tsuki. [left hanmi]  
End End in left hanmi with the jo vertical on the floor, holding the jo with the left hand.  
 

Paired 13 Step Jo Kata

This is a version that has been performed by Saito Sensi, Although I have not yet found video footage of this in a paired form.

Step Uchi / Him Uke / You 
Start Start with jo horizontal Start with jo on ground
1 Choku tsuki (enter to front) Choku tsuki (irimi, offline to left to evade thrust)
2 Choku tsuk Hayashi gaeshi (like jodan gaeshi yokomen uchi with less block)
3 Choku tsuk Defensive parry to right
4   Tsuki
5 Choku tsuki (from behind) Hasso gaeshi defense
6 Choku tsuki Menuchi (moving to right to avoid his thrust)
7 Choku tsuki (from behind ? original front) Turn, high defense, point of jo up
8   Tsuki
9 Withdraw, pull jo back, but keep in front of body Put jo back behind body
10 Choku tsuki. High parry (like gedan gaeshi, point up)
11   High tsuki (spear)
12 Choku tsuki Strike down jo (move right and reverse jo, striking to left)
13   Thrust (ribs)