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Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujitsu

Instructor Sensei Gerard Trawinski

Saturday 9:00 - 11:30 AM
Contact Sensei Gerard:
704-309-5664 (No Calls after 9 pm eastern)

What is Daito-Ryu Jujitsu:

Daito-Ryu is said to have been founded by Minamoto no Shinra Saburo Yoshimitsu (1045-1127), the last grandson of Emperor Seiwa. Yoshimitsu, was the youngest brother of Minamoto no Hachiman Taro Yoshiie (1041-1108), who was considered to be the greatest warrior in all of Japanese History. It's very likely that the earlier combat methods of the Minamoto clan were actually just refined and perfected by General Yoshimitsu, and his elder brother Yoshiie.

Yoshimitsu, was a teacher of so-jutsu (spear), To-ho (sword methods), and Tai-jutsu (body arts), as well as archery, and he was first noted firstly, for having dissected the cadavers of executed criminals and slain enemy soldiers of the Three-Year War (1083). Through this study of the structure of the human body he mastered Gyakute and Ichigeki Hissatsu (techniques of killing with one blow); secondly, by watching the silk spider catch it's prey, he obtained a hint which led to the discovery of the core of Aiki. Therefore Yoshimitsu is considered to be the one who originally developed the techniques of Daito-Ryu by adding to the previous secret techniques of the Minamoto clan, and passing those techniques down to the Takeda family of Kai.

Daito-ryu is a School that teaches a complete martial art, among the hand-to-hand combat techniques with atemi waza (kicks, strikes, elbow hits etc.), nage waza (throws), shime waza (strangles), kansetsu waza (joint-locks), kyusho waza (pressure on vital points of the human body) and aikinojutsu (throws) The many techniques of the aiki jujutsu ( over 3.000 techniques ) are transmited and catalogued in scrolls (densho) which, in this case of “Hiden mokuroku”, is divided in a series (kajo) ,of an increasing difficulty of execution.

Three areas that make up the aikijujutsu

1. Ju jutsu: unarmed techniques; method of relying primarily on atemi.
2. Aiki no jutsu: unarmed techniques; method of replying mainly aiki (合気) concepts .
3. Aiki ju jutsu: unarmed techniques; method of combining the jujutsu with aiki concepts.

Teaching is also divided in three levels of depth and ability :
1. SHODEN : the teaching of base.
2. CHUDEN : the median teaching.
3. SOUDEN : the superior teaching.

What is "Aiki" ?

The word Aiki is not unique to Dauto-Ryu alone. The work Aiki can be found in the documents of some other schools as well. But the meaning of Aiki was limited to idealized, or abstractconcepts such as "to adjust to the opponents Ki" , or "deceiving the opponent by synchronizing with his force in order to parry". Whereas the "Aiki" of Daito-Ryu is a pure technique, and it is the very heart of Daito-Ryu. That means, no matter how the enemy attacks, the moment he touches you, he is disarmed instantly, unable to resist when you counter attack with a throwing, striking, or locking technique.