Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu


Daito-ryu is an extremely philosophical art that challenges preconceived notions about movement and force. Rather than thinking in a linear or push-pull fashion, practitioners develop methods to avoid direct conflict by creating and releasing tension in very specific ways so that force becomes unnecessary. Daito-ryu is about timing. It is about receiving an attack and taking more than what an opponent intends to give. This advantage creates Kuzushi, unstable positioning, which can be guided to an inevitable neutralizing conclusion. The force of an attack has a direction, it has power, and it also has a shape. Daito-ryu is about exploring the contours of conflict rather than colliding with force.

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Kawabe Shihan demonstrating a technique with Freeman Sensei


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Takeda Sokaku is recognized as the reviver of Daito-ryu AikiJujutsu and the person who publicly disseminated the martial art so it would not be lost. In 1868 the modern Japanese nation was established and this marked the end of the age of the samurai.

After training extensively with Ueshiba Morihei, Hisa Takuma was introduced to Takeda Sokaku and ultimately reached the highest ranking possible, Menkyo Kaiden (Certificate of Full Proficiency). Like Sokaku, Takuma Shihan was very accomplished in Sumo and other Ko Budo (classical martial arts handed down until the end of the Edo period). Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu is regarded as a cultural treasure and the basis for modern day Aikido.

In 1975 a group of Hisa Shihan's most experienced and devoted teachers formed Takumakai. Takumakai has become one of Japan's largest and most prestigious organizations with more than 40 dojo in Japan, Finland, Australia, France and the United States. There are also dokokai (study groups) in Finland, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Thailand, and the United States. There are very few dojo outside of Japan because the standards of Takumakai are base on the highest of quality.


Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai

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Daito-ryu is a fascinating exploration into philosophy and movement, conflict and resolution. This art form is as much about the mind as it is about the body. The challenging of oneself to go beyond preconceived notions honors not only the history, but also the practice of what makes this a Martial Art. Seattle Aiki Club is dedicated to preserving and exploring Daito-ryu and Aiki. We are a direct, lineal branch of Takumakai and will be overseen regularly by Kawabe Takeshi, 8th Dan, Shihan. We also have very strong ties with Yushinkan in NYC and Fudoshin in Helsinki. For the last thirteen years I have been a member and teacher at Yushinkan, under the guidance of Kong Sensei, 4th Dan and have made more than a dozen trips to Finland to study with Rytila Sensei, 5th Dan. One of the dynamic aspects of Takumakai is the opportunity to so frequently participate in seminars and demonstrations in Japan, Finland, and NYC. As this Club begins to mature, we will host training camps conducted by these extraordinary teachers. I am looking for a smaller more dedicated group of individuals who are interested in understanding what makes Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu so unique. If you are interested in finding out more information, I look forward to hearing from you.

Kenneth Freeman, 4th Dan.


” The secret of aiki is to overpower the opponent mentally at a glance and to win without fighting.”

Takeda Sokaku

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