A standout amongst the most noticeable practitioners of the art, Katsumi Yonezawa of Hokkaido, Japan, every year visits the United States to show this antiquated art. From the headquarters of the American extension of the Daito-Ryu Kodo Kai in San Luis Obispo, he travels all through California giving lectures and seminars.
A small man, Katsumi Yonezawa is a schoolteacher, and on the off chance that you neglect to recognize the thick wrists, you may believe that is all he is. He has an extremely disarming smile and tender way that tends to unwind people in his presence. His disciples have figured out how to disregard this, for they realize that he is still smiling while busily at work tying their arms into complex knots. Katsumi Yonezawa’s students have also figured out how to give careful consideration to how he acts before class. In the event that he sits at the edge of the mat holding up for class to start, there will be just the ordinary measure of torment. Be that as it may, on the off chance that he starts doing stretching exercises, students start taking a gander at one another and quietly moaning in expectation of some merciless throws. At the point when Katsumi Yonezawa really goes so far as to practice his ukemi, students start searching for a spot to cover up.
In spite of the fact that the conventional forms of aiki need a significant part of the liquid beauty of their more advanced cousins, they more than compensate for it with battle realism. The daito-ryu aikijujutsu thought of a decent preparing partner is someone who weighs around 300 pounds and has a grasp like a pressure driven vise. On the off chance that they can figure out how to toss someone like that, after he has been permitted to plant both feet and hold as tight as possible, they realize that the system truly works.
Daito-ryu aikijujutsu is not for everyone. It is just too physically requesting to ever be drilled by the extensive variety of students studying present day aikido. At the same time 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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