Aikijujutsu and Iaido


namikamonThe Okinawan Martial Arts Center / Yushikan offers training in Konami-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu/Jujutsu.  The technical spectrum of aiki jujutsu typically include the application of various Tehodoki (escape techniques), Kansetsu Waza (joint locking techniques), Nage Waza (throwing techniques), Osae Waza (control techniques), Shime Waza (strangulation techniques), Newaza (ground defenses/grappling), Kyusho Waza (Vital points) and Atemi Waza (striking and kicking techniques), among other aspects. These techniques, coupled with an understanding of Gensoku (principles), Henka (variations), and Oyo (applications) make possible a graduated response to any attack. They are traditional self-protection arts developed from the classical bujutsu of old Japan. Konami-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu includes all of these combative methods, and is a system of Aiki Jujutsu that, like its predecessor arts, is noted for very relaxed and “soft,” yet extremely effective execution of technique to neutralize an attack.

The bulk of curriculum consists of those waza passed down in Hakko-Ryu and Kokodo-Ryu, as well as, an endless amount of variation of the classical kata. In addition unique techniques from Kozan Yangi Ryu and Kokamishin Ryu are also included.

Jones Sensei studied Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu, an off-shoot of Hakko-ryu jujutsu-the-gentle-art-and-the-strenuous-life-148Jujutsu and a direct derivative of KoKoDo Jujutsu that is recognized in Japan by Yasuhiro Irie, Soke, KoKoDo Jujutsu and by the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei, under Menkyo-Kaiden Col. Roy J. Hobbs for 21 years. Dentokan is an authentic tradition rooted in the classical Samurai fighting arts of feudal Japan, it is  from the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu of Takeda, Sokaku, through Hakko-ryu and Kokodo-ryu Jujutsu that the techinical curriculum flows. Jones Sensei studied Kozan Yanagi-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu under his father, this system has a similar development to Dentokan and could be considered  a cousin art. The lineage of this system stems from the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu of Takeda, Sokaku, through Aikido and Tomiki-ryu, as well as, Okuri-Ryu Jujutsu. The curriculum consists of a large waza list. In addition Jones Sensei also learned Kokamishin Ryu Jujutsu from Hobbs Sensei.

Jones Sensei was awarded Menkyo Kaiden in Kozan Yanagi Ryu Aikijujutsu. He was also presented with the rank recognition of Hanshi Hachidan in Nihon Aikijujutsu by Col Roy J. Hobbs, Hanshi. He was also graded to Sandan in Dentokan Aikijujutsu under Hobbs Sensei. It was with the permission of Hobbs Sensei that Konami Ryu Aikijujutsu was founded. This art is also recognized by the All Japan Jujutsu Society.

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Iaijutsu / Iaido

We practice the Nihon Iaijutsu / Iaido of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, inc.  The curriculum of the Dentokan is based primarily on practical Japanese military sword methods of the late 19th and early 20th century, but also includes other classical influences. The Dentokan system incorporates both solo forms (Iaijutsu/Iaido) and paired forms (Kenjutsu). All basic techniques are practiced from a standing posture, making the art suitable for those with trouble kneeling.

Within our Dojo, the practice of Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu is primarily taught as a compliment to our Jujutsu/Aikijujutsu practice, but separate rank is awarded in Iaijutsu and students may elect to study this art independently of if they wish.