12 | 12 | 2017

 

Youdon'twantnoneofthis. Toldyouyoudidn'twantnoneofthis... Youdon'twantnoneofthis.

Aikijutsu has many aspects of its essence in common with jujutsu. Both arts are based on the idea of assaulting vital points on a opponent's body that are not covered by armor. Aikijutsu, however, attempts to maintain momentum of an opponent in order to be used against them. Conversely, karate was invented by manual laborers who were not allowed to own weapons, and therefore tended to use the limbs of their bodies as weapons. However, kicks and punches proved to be fairly useless against an armed samurai wearing armor. Therefore, aikijutsu needed to capitalize on the only weakness of all armor - it has to be flexible. Aikijutsu, to this end, is still characterized by heavy reliance on biomechanical principles of throwing and entangling an opponent. Most forms of aikijutsu make limited use of hand and foot strikes, called atemi, only as a way to temporarily stun or disable an opponent in preparation for a throw or lock.

Aikijutsu, by virtue of being so closely related to the samurai, also contains many weapon techniques. The weapons that would have been common to the samurai (e.g., katana, naginata (bladed staff), yari (spear), kusari (chain), tanto (knife), etc.) are still practiced by aikijutsuka (students of aikijutsu) to this day. Aikijutsu, combined with this extensive arsenal of weapon techniques and unarmed combat, combines to form the comprehensive art of aikibujutsu.

There are few systems of martial arts in existence that contain as many elements of combat effectiveness as aikijutsu. Aikijutsuka are rigorously trained to defend themselves on the ground, with weapons, against multiple attackers, as well as being able to deliver devastating hand and foot strikes. Aikijutsu is indeed a formidable defense system, despite its ancient roots. Aikijutsu is practiced all over the world, and is quickly gaining more notice by the West. Aikijutsu bridges the gap of time between ancient warriors and modern people living in a world that has the ever-present danger of confrontation within it. Aikijutsuka are disciplined, cunning, and intrepid. Aikijutsu is as effective today as it was hundreds of years ago, when it was used on the bloody battlefields of feudal Japan. It stresses not only physical development, but also intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, recreational, and spiritual cultivation. Aikijutsu schools are like close families, with an interwoven fabric of aikijutsuka helping each other to become better people. Aikijutsuka are encouraged to serve their communities, and to promote non-violent solutions to problems. The mandate that aikijutsuka train under is the same as the U.S. Marine Corps: "Nobody wants to fight, but somebody sure better know how!"

 SHINDORYU

Shindoryu, literally means the "school" or "style" (Ryu) of the "new" (Shin) "way" (do). This style of martial arts was founded by Eric Templet in 1999. Shindoryu retains the essential principles of traditional Aikijutsu, however it has been influenced by other martial arts: Aikido, Jujitsu, Karate-do, etc. This has produced a new type of martial art, that bears only slight resemblance to classical Aikijutsu.

Shindoryu is not meant to be classical, nor does Templet Shihan seek to make it so. Shindoryu is a "new way" of applying old tried-and-true principles of Aikijutsu.

This has rustled a few feathers among classical Aikijtusuka. Some say that Templet Shihan is "doing his own thing". The SAA does not deny that it is not classical, nor do we wish to be. Some martial artists prefer the classical or traditional path, others opt for "new" paths. To each his (her) own. We wish all martial artists well on their chosen path.