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