DAITO-RYU AIKI JUJUTSU & THE TAKUMAKAIDaito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial art which is said to be about one thousand years old. However, it was only opened to the public for the first time by Takeda Sokaku (1860-1943) one hundred years ago. All the people who had the opportunity to witness Sokaku Sensei’s techniques were struck with wonder at his high level of skill. All types of jujutsu martial arts utilise the opponent’s power. Sokaku Sensei’s art was the same in this respect, except that in addition to ju, Sokaku Sensei utilised an additional power. He called it Aiki. Aiki Jujutsu requires the practitioner to be relaxed and supple, to utilise the aggressive attack of opponents to unbalance and control them. There is a science to the art of unbalancing an opponent that when understood allows even the strongest attacks to be reversed. In Aiki Jujutsu you are in control of the attacker. Aiki Jujutsu does not rely solely on striking or other blunt force trauma to stop an attack. Through harmonisation and the application of Aiki the practitioner is able to respond naturally and appropriately to a range of threat levels utilising evasion, redirection, atemi, locks, throws and pins. This Aiki approach provides a much higher level of control for a range of threatening situations than just the ability to punch, kick and block or grapple.
When Hisa Sensei was working for the Osaka Asahi Newspaper Company, he learned Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu first from Ueshiba Morihei Sensei, and then later from Takeda Sokaku Sensei . Hisa Sensei received Menkyo-Kaiden (certificate of complete transmission) from Takeda Sokaku Sensei signifying his mastery of Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu. Hisa Sensei established Kansai Aikido Club, to proliferate the Daito-ryu style.
Takumakai is a not for profit organisation established in order to practice the traditional Japanese martial art, Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu, as founded by the students of Hisa Takuma Sensei.
TAKUMAKAI IN AUSTRALIA
The first Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu Class in Australia was held on the 12th of April 1980 in Geelong, Victoria facilitated by Ross Burns. Informal training had been undertaken in Australia since July 1975.
Leigh Dicker Sensei took over the leadership of Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu in Australia on the 15/12/2000 with the support of Takumakai Japan. Dicker sensei’s Dojo is located at Highton in Geelong, Victoria.
Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu Australia now has two branch Dojos and one official study group that are affiliated with Takumakai Japan. This means that all Australian Dojo’s take their technical direction from Japan. This is facilitated by Kawabe Sensei, our Shihan who makes regular visit’s from Osaka Japan. Other exchange visits between Takumakai Daito-ryu Japan and Australia also occur on a regular basis.