A 1200 year old samurai art and national treasure of Japan, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial art transmitted for generations within the Takeda family of the Aizu domain, and disclosed to the general public by Takeda Sokaku starting around the end of the 19th century.
Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a form of jujutsu, a system of unarmed fighting and minor weapons techniques to defeat both armed and unarmed opponents. It is noted, as the name suggests, for emphasizing the principles of aiki (some aspects of aiki are also referred to as kuzushi).
The Daito-ryu technical tradition includes both jujutsu and aikijujutsu, but a clear distinction is made between the two and the emphasis is strongly on the latter. It's philosophy and techniques has directly influenced the development of many popular martial arts, such as Shorinji Kempo, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, Hapkido and most famously Aikido.
Our line of Daito Ryu is of Matsuda Toshimi Sensei. Matsuda Sensei recieved kyoju-dari certificate from Sokaku Takeda in August 1929 and was Maeda Sensei's teacher. Maeda Sensei inherited the lineage of Matsuda Sensei. Renshinkan's current headmaster is Michio Takase Sensei.
We are extremely honored to be an official study group in the methods of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, under the direct supervision of Takase Sensei.
All the associations dojos have access to this treasure of budo.