The Capital Area Jodokai studies Shindō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu, a classical Japanese martial art (kobudo). Founded by Musō Gonnosuke around the beginning of the Edo jidai ( circa 1600 A.D), and according to tradition, used by Muso to defeat Miyamoto Musashi in a duel. Musō, with this great background in budo, was traveling around Japan on a musha shugyō tour, testing his sword skills against other swordsmen who had made their living and honed their skills on battlefields. Musō met the famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, and challenged him to a duel, which Musashi won. After a few years of wandering, looking for an answer to defeat Musashi, Musō retired to Mount Hōman in Kyushu to contemplate the lesson of his defeat. After 37 days of meditating in a cave, he emerged having a vision leading him to develop jōjutsu. Musō dueled Musashi a second time and defeated Musashi.