Maurice left us

It's with great sadness and deep sorrow that we announce to you the death of one of the most ancient Jôdô practitioner, Maurice Boisson.
Maurice joined the FEJ in 1988. Untiring practitioner, he was part of all our meetings. whether it rains, snows or with very hot weather, he was always with us... He knew how to make us laugh with a good southern joke... He made us dream with his souvenirs of a marine carpenter. We always knew where he was standing because everyone was laughing out loud around him. In the morning, he was always present first and was training very hard.
Through his love for boats, Maurice left us during a last maritime trip, but his smile, his good mood and his good heart will stay engraved in our memory.
Rest in peace, Momo

The EJF joins his near relations in their sadness and is with them from the bottom of its heart.
Take care, the committee, Barbara, Nathalie, Raphaël, Jérôme, PK

Welcome Denmark!

The FEJ welcomes the Akiyama Jodo group, the first dojo from Denmark. The group is under the supervision of Michael Söderkvist Sensei.

Sad news from Sydney

Last Sunday, the Australian senior practitioner Bruce Harris suddenly passed away. All the Europeans who have known this nice person feel very sad. Our friendly thoughts to his family and friends from the European group. PK

Teacher's Training 2020

Kagamibiraki 2020

"Water adapts itself to the shape of the vase". A very nice saying, but not so easy to practise! on...

Mizu wa kame no sugata ni kawaru

Summer Camp 2019

The Summer Gasshuku took place in Lyon from July 27th to August 3rd
Now the report ist available.


Being "part of Jodo Europe", the small group of Montreal is now regularly visited by Daniel Cailleux, Oku Iri (Group Leader of Grenoble). Sunday, May 12, 2019, for the Mother's Day in Quebec, Daniel hosted a day of training on the theme initiated by Gilles Tache Sensei: Kihon kara Seichô (it's the basics that allow to progress)... (see records)

From the left: Georges, Patrick, Daniel, Yassine et Simon.

Teacher's Training 2019

Kagamibiraki 2019



kokoro in shinto muso ryu training
A message by Pascal Krieger Sensei

Georges Kraus left us on 2 August 2018.

George visiting shinto muso ryu practice in Geneva
After a long illness endured with a great courage, Georges Kraus, in his 91st year, rejoined those of whom he spoke so often with a benevolent nostalgia...
The funeral ceremony took place on 7th of August, at a moment where lots of us were on vacation or participating to the Australian seminar. Happily, Sergio Dieci Sensei made himself available for a moving fairwell speech for this Jô practitioner whom all of us regret from the bottom of our heart.
Practicing Jô since the beginning of the 80s, Georges has been an example of regularity, of an indefectible friendship. When he ceased to train after an accident, he continued to keep a very regular contact with the Geneva group, coming to visit us at every Kagamibiraki with his wife Jeanine and his daughter Maud.
Great collector of Japanese martial arts litterature, he made a gift of all his books to the Geneva Shung Dô Kwan Budô library.
We'll miss you, Georges... The many practitioners of Jô from all Europe who knew him, and particularly the Geneva group, wish to convey to the Kraus family their sincere sympathy. - Pascal Krieger

European Summer 2018

With the IJF gasshuku far away, a couple of small summer camps where held in Europe.
Mâcon, Guadarrama, Lindow

Participants in Mâcon

IJF summer gasshuku in Brisbane/Australia

The Bow in to the 14th International Jodo Federation Gasshuku took place on Sunday 5th August beginning a week of solid training under the guidance of Pascal Krieger Sensei and the supporting teaching staff.
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Comments by PKS

Participants from: Australia, China, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA



The Isle of Lérins seminar was a success. During that seminar, Gilles Tache received his Menkyo Kaiden for all his years of practice and personal investment for SMR in Southern France. It was an honour for me to present him this roll. Let us all give him our congratulations. PK

Teacher's Training 2018

Kagamibiraki 2018

After victory, tighten your helmet strap.

Kagamibiraki pictures

European EJF summer gasshuku in Pisa

Waiting for a more detailed description of that wonderful seminar from the organizing committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Italian group. The family spirit, which is so important to me, was at its top level. Accomodation and food were at an unusual high level, and the many side-events (Shuriken, Marionettes, cross-bow, t-shirts, bags, amazing cakes, etc) were unexpected surprises. And all this did not interfer with serious and hard/hot training. A life-long unforgettable souvenir. Mille grazie a tutti.
Pascal Krieger

As illustrated above... the theme of the gasshuku was "Having not experienced life-death combat, teach with humility".


Teacher's Training 2017

Kagamibiraki 2017

Kagamibiraki pictures

Summer Camp

July, 30th to August, 6th 2016 - El Collell / Barcelona, Spain



Georges Kraus (center, in red), one of the oldest Jô practitioners in Europe, nearly 90 years old, came to say hello at our Friday training in Geneva. We wish him many more years and a good health. P. Krieger

Karunakaran Sensei has left us

A few EJF practitioners have known Karuna Sensei. They join me to express to Karuna Sensei’s family and close friends our most sincere sympathy.

Summer Camp

July, 30th to August, 6th 2016
El Collell near Barcelona, Espange
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Kagamibiraki 2016

The Kagamibiraki has taken place in Cartigny.

Images: Wolfgang Marko

Best Wishes

While strolling in Indian streets, going around cows, pigs, goats, dogs and apes, not mentioning the crazy traffic in which each step puts you in danger, I'm experimenting the best Zanshin lesson ever.

According to various news, I am happy to know that all is going well in the various dojo (Jo, Iai, Judo and Shodo) I am very proud of your work. I regularly practice Tandoku in order to keep in shape. I have a lot to discover in this marvelous country. Lots to learn about myself regarding my reactions and feelings.

I have heard some of the bad news concerning the events in Paris. I hope nobody of the FEJ have been directly concerned, as well as their families. I also hope that anger, hate, frustration and revenge won't be the answers to these dramatic events. Ichi Go Ichi E, here and now, let us do something nice, gentle, friendly in our direct environment. It is the only good answer to these horrible events.

Please accept my best wishes for a better year 2016. I am really looking forward to see you all again at the end of next spring. PK

drawing from PK, colored by Yanoe

13th IJF Gasshuku finished

Report by PK Sensei

Pictures: Shinkai Dojo

Tsunemori Kaminoda Sensei passed away

A little more than a month ago, Tsunemori Kaminoda Sensei passed away. The funerals took place on April 19 at the Buddhist Temple of Baisouin, in Tokyo. I sent a calligraphied letter and a contribution from the EJF to Mr. T. Watanabe, one of Sensei's family friend, who just contacted me to tell me he read the letter in front of everybody and handed the family the EJF contribution, adding this was very much appreciated.

For the people who don't know Kaminoda Sensei, he was a chief policeman I met on my first day of Jodo in march 1969 at the Yotsuya Daiyonkidotai. I was led there by Donn Draeger Sensei and met Shimizu Sensei at the same occasion. Since that day, and for 6 years, Kaminoda Sensei was, together with Shimizu Sensei, my closest teacher. He handed me a Katana for my first Iai lesson too. Kaminoda Sensei was part of the group of teachers who came to Europe (Netherland, Sweden, France and Switzerland) in 1980, with Donn Draeger Sensei and Risuke Otake Sensei to promote Katori Shinto Ryu and Shinto Muso Ryu in Europe. Tiki Shewan Sensei was also part of the group. This tour was very important for European classical Budo development.

When I visited Japan in 1985 with ISO, the company for which I was working at the time, I contacted Kaminoda Sensei to ask him if he could teach me Isshin Ryu Kusarigamajutsu since I did not have time to study it during my time in Japan in the early seventies. He kindly accepted and gave me several hours a day for a whole week, refusing any contribution. He was also an excellent calligrapher and gave me lots of advices about this art.

So I feel very sad about his passing away. Kaminoda Sensei was one of the Japanese teachers at the origin of the development of the EJF, let us not forget that. He will stay in my heart for ever. I just wanted to share this with all of you.

Kaminoda Tsunemori Sensei

Together with Kaminoda Sensei, in 2009, on Shimizu Sensei's grave (Ohakamaeri) near Shibuya in Tokyo

P. Krieger, April 30 2015

Kagamibiraki 2015

The Kagamibiraki has taken place in Cartigny.

Images: Wolfgang Marko

Nishioka Sensei passed away on 8 February 2014

Pascal Krieger wrote a personal letter to Sensei's daughter and the FEJ sent, through Vicente Borondo and Watabe Sensei a substantial contribution for the funeral.

He has been the light of the EJF which he has enlighted for more than two decades. It is our duty, now, to keep this light showing us the way to understand and practise Jô.
Nishioka Tsuneo Sensei left this world on the first day of his 91st year. His funeral took place in the intimity of his family.
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