Daito-ryu & Daito-ryu aikijujutsu

Daito-ryu is a Japanese center style from which numerous cutting edge variations have sprung. Shorinji kenpo, hapkido,Kodokan judo and aiki are martial arts that were started by disciples of daito-ryu that have since splintered into numerous cutting edge variations they could call their own.

Daito-ryu aikijujutsu is one such splinter style that has somehow figured out how to stick to the customary teachings of its center style trailblazer (daito-ryu) and its predecessor (aiki). But since of its adherence to convention and its insistence on holding most of the more excruciating and fatal self-defense techniques—the martial art has remained moderately obscure.

Albeit there are several thousand disciples of the art in Japan, daito-ryu aikijujutsu is almost completely obscure in the United States. Most senior students of cutting edge aikido realize that their art descended from daito-ryu, however numerous are under the impression that the daito system got to be wiped out several generations prior.

At the present time, there are more than 40 separate styles of aiki in Japan, with most of them radiating from the cutting edge extension started by Morihei Uyeshiba. While cutting edge styles are broadly taught in the United States, the more established forms are minimal known, leaving numerous people with the thought that there is stand out style of the art. Really, old densho (showing scrolls) are brimming with notice of aiki.


Daito-ryu aikijujutsu

Long a secret art, aiki was first straightforwardly taught by Takeda Sokaku in the early part of this century. Takeda Sokaku was a man of terrifying spiritual force and one of the last of the old swordsmen.

Daito-ryu aikijujutsu is not for everyone. It is just too physically requesting to ever be rehearsed by the extensive variety of students studying cutting edge aikido. Anyhow to those who are interested in the foundations of the martial art, it offers both a window into the past and an entryway to what’s to come. Daito-ryu aikijujutsu is a constant way, straight down the center of the majority of the current variations of aiki.


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Aiki’s Many Branches


Long a secret art, aiki was first transparently taught by Takeda Sokaku in the early part of this century. Takeda Sokaku was a man of startling spiritual force and one of the last of the old swordsmen. Notwithstanding being the 24th-era headmaster of the daito-ryu, he was a master of itto-ryu kenjutsu (sword) and hozoin-ryu sojutsu (spear). He was a standout amongst the most persuasive and least known of the considerable Japanese masters of the twentieth century. Among the more famous daito-ryu disciples were Morihei Uyeshiba (founder of current aikido), Doshin So (founder of shorinji kenpo) and Yong Shul Choi (founder of hapkido). An alternate awesome was Shiro Shida, deified in such films as Sanshiro Sugata, who had significant impact in the establishing of Kodokan judo. Numerous people are not mindful that he won numerous matches for the Kodokan, in the good ‘ol days when it was struggling for survival, using the daito-ryu method of yama arashi (mountain storm).



Present day aiki has experienced numerous significant changes amid the past 50 years, principally because of the efforts of Morihei Uyeshiba. A man of tremendous physical strength, he is the most famous disciple of Takeda Sokaku. He started showing daito-ryu aikijujutsu however soon started rolling out improvements in the art. As he changed techniques, he also changed the name of the style, using successively daito-ryu aikijutsu, kobukan aikijujutsu, kobukai aiki budo, tenshin aikido, takemusu aiki budo lastly aikido. This last change took on toward the end of World War II. The buwas dropped because of the Allied occupation boycott on rehearsing martial arts. As Jigoro Kano did with judo, Morihei Uyeshiba wiped out numerous dangerous techniques and adjusted others for safety. This permitted aikido to be polished by a much more extensive scope of people than the more vicious aikijutsu styles, thus extraordinarily increasing its fame.

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Gozo Shioda

Gozo Shioda was a Japanese master of aikido who founded theYoshinkan style of aikido. He was one of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba’s most senior students. Shioda held the rank of 10th dan in aikido. Shioda began training under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, in 1932. His training as an uchi-deshi (live-in student) under Ueshiba continued for eight years.

Gozo Shioda

Shioda graduated from Takushoku University, where he went to class with Judo master Masahiko Kimura and Kyokushin Karate founder Mas Oyama, in 1941, and was posted to administrative positions in China, Taiwan, and Borneo during World War II. In one incident in China, he was drinking in a bar with an army friend in Shanghai when the friend got into an argument with a local gang member. Three of his fellow gang members came to his assistance. Shioda and his friend were cornered by the gang. In the ensuing fight, Shioda broke the leg of one of the gang members, the arm of another, and stopped another by punching him in the stomach, all using his aikido skills. Shioda later described this incident as his ‘aikido enlightenment’ and wrote that one could only truly appreciate what aikido was about once one had used it in a life-or-death situation.

Shioda returned to Japan in 1946 and spent several months trying to locate his family on Kyushu. He rejoined Ueshiba for a month of intensive training, but was forced to dedicate the next few years to earning a living in post-war Japan. He began teaching aikido in 1950. That year, he taught for the company Nihon Kokan at the Asano Shipyards in Yokohama. In 1954, he entered the All Japan Kobudo demonstration, and won the prize for the most outstanding demonstration. This marked a turning point for the growth of aikido. Shioda’s performance attracted sponsorship that enabled him to build an aikido dojo (training hall)

In 1955, Shioda founded the Yoshinkan style of aikido, which emphasizes self-defense applications. The name “Yoshinkan” was the name Shioda’s father had used for his own judo dojo. According to biographer Stanley Pranin, this separation from his master’s school has been little understood. Pranin notes that Ueshiba’s school independently recovered later on, so that “there never occurred a formal split between the two organizations despite their rather different approaches to aikido. The two groups simply evolved independently while maintaining more or less cordial ties.”

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Aikijujutsu is any jujutsu teach that concentrates on the Japanese guideline of”aiki,” in which an expert mixes with and routs an adversary by utilizing one’s inward vitality (ki or chi). Different schools of jujutsu and aikijujutsu can follow their ancestry back to daito-ryu. Clashing stories express that either Shinra Saburo Minamoto (1045-1127) or a specialist Yoshimitsu in 1180 set out the establishment for daito-ryu aikijujutsu (considered the most established aikijujutsu in Japan) by finding the mechanics of the joints and muscle connections while analyzing bodies. From these disclosures, joint-locking skills, techniques to cause muscle winding, and strikes to fundamental focuses were formalized and culminated amid fight.

Takeda Sokaku—whose most eminent understudy was aikido’s originator Morihei Uyeshiba—altered daito-ryu by consolidating his insight into daito-ryu involvement with sumo kenjutsu (swordsmanship) and a few void hand martial arts. In the late 1800s, he named his style daito-ryu aikijujutsu. Takeda Sokaku then sharpened the workmanship by teaching military officers, police authorities and nobles.

Like bujinkan, aikijujutsu was established as a “dull,” hidden and profoundly contentious samurai workmanship. Unarmed fighters utilized aikijujutsu to execute samurai as a part of full protective layer.


The noteworthy enthusiasm for this martial craftsmanship, which has much in a similar manner as the numerous less mainstream traditional Japanese jujutsu schools, is presumably because of the accomplishment of Takeda Sokaku’s understudy Morihei Ueshiba, and the workmanship that he established, aikido. Aikido is honed globally and has a huge number of disciples. A large portion of those intrigued by aikido have followed the craftsmanship’s birthplaces back to Daitō-ryū, which has expanded the level of enthusiasm for a workmanship which was overall basically obscure a couple of decades prior.

Aikido’s impact was noteworthy even in its initial years, before World War II, when Ueshiba was teaching an all the more obviously contentious structure closer to Daitō-ryū. One of the principle conductors of the impact of Ueshiba’s prewar aiki-jūjutsu was Kenji Tomiki, author of Shodokan Aikido. Tomiki was positioned fifth dan in judo when he started contemplating under Ueshiba. Today’s goshin jutsu kata, or “manifestations of self protection” (made in 1956 by a group of specialists after Kanō Jigorō’s passing, and hence not fitting in with unique judo), safeguard these teachings, as does Tomiki’s own particular association of Shodokan Aikido.

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Aikido Techniques

In the world of Aikido, the techniques are usually referred to as waza which when translated to Niponggo means technique, art or skill. The training and teachings in Aikido is grounded mainly on two complementary pre-arranged forms or kata instead of a freestyle kind of practice. The elementary pattern is for the one who will take the technique or uke to start a strike against the person who will do the technique and nullify the strike using aikido techniques. The one applying the Aikido technique is either referred to as the tori, or shite or nage and the term used depends on the aikido style.

Both the two parts of the technique, the uke and the tori, are regarded as vital to aikido training. The two are lessons that are derived from the aikido principles of blending and adaptation. Tori would teach how to blend with and control the attacking energy, while uke teaches how to become calm and flexible in the disadvantageous, off-balance positions in which tori forces the uke. The “receiving” of the technique is called ukemi. The concept of Uke unceasingly pursues to regain equilibrium and defend vulnerable points such as an exposed side. On the other hand, tori uses positioning and proper timing to unbalance uke and make him/her vulnerable. In a higher level of training, uke can use reversal techniques or kaeshi-waza to recover balance and pin or throw tori.

Even the falling is important

Even the falling is important

Once again, ukemi refers to the action of being the recipient of a technique and a proper ukemi includes sharp attention to the several elements. There is technique, the partner and the immediate environment and this can be considered an active instead of a passive “receiving” of Aikido. Even falling to the mat is a crucial part of Aikido. It is a method for the practitioner to take safely, what would otherwise be a shattering strike throw, or joint lock control. The fall also entails returning to the standing position in one fluid motion The person who is throwing or who will apply the Aikido technique must consider the ukemi ability of his partner. It is also important take note of the physical space. This would include the walls, weapons such as wooden tantō, bokken, jō, tatami, and the other aikido practitioners nearby.

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The world of Aikido is full of complex moves, attacks, parries and defensive blocks. One such technique would be the Irimi. This is a way of preparing or entering into an offensive move or attack. It is not the strike to attack itself but rather a positioning move that gives the attacker the optimal position to gain offensive advantage. Prior to discussing the technique itself, it is important to note that in Aikido, if you are observing very closely, you would see that the practitioners spend a lot of time in setting-up themselves for the best positioning for attacks and defence. This trend is consistent and applies to the very principle of the moves of Aikido. It is in the setting up until the final pin.



In the usual Irimi, Aikido practitioners go near the attacking person in a more direct manner and this is done by moving towards his front or the inside of his zone. Initially, the move involves sliding at an angle while going to the target. This angle is not constant and depends on the technique that is to be used. In short, the positioning of irimi has no constant form and would differ depending on the need of the situation. There are instances when the move involves sliding in deeply, or dropping one’s torso lower when one enters. But in most cases, it is done as a single movement prior to the delivering of the actual technique such as Shihonage or Sokumen. The majority of what needs to be done to pull off a succesgful irimi is the attainment of optimal positioning during the attack.

Another technique is the Tenkan which is an opening move towards the attacker that, unlike irimi, uses a step to the outside of the target’s body and then a 180° turn and then taking a step back at the end. Getting into position in this move is quite difficult because one needs to always consider where your position is as compared to the target. Because both persons should constantly be moving during this technique, obtaining the optimal positioning for Tenkan is hard to master.

To recap the lesson, one should note that Irimi is the technique that involves “attacking” the opponent’s offensive move in a more direct approach while tenkan is a move that one can take when he/she is attacking around the target. This supports the principle that when martial artists go on the defensive, they are also performing an offensive move against an attack. This is an idea that is being shared in most martial arts.


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