Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a famous martial art that combines high level technical skills in jujutsu with perceptual and psychological elements known as aiki. The written history of this true budo style starts with Sokaku Takeda (1860-1943), who is considered to be its founder. Today Daito-ryu is the most well-known among traditional jujutsu styles in the world.
The techniques of Daito-ryu with their aiki elements are profound, taking years to master. For this reason, the number of people that are able to teach according to tradition is small. To develop genuine skills, students need to be as close to the art´s roots as possible.
Takumakai is the largest Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu organisation in Japan. It was founded by the students of Takuma Hisa and Nakatsu Heizaburo. Takuma Hisa (1895-1980) was the only person to ever receive a Menkyo Kaiden (Certificate of Full Proficiency) from the founder Sokaku Takeda.
There is a limited number of high-level teachers in Takumakai who have their own dojos. Most of those dojos are in the Kansai area of Japan. There are also dojos in France, Ukraine, Thailand, Australia, the USA and Finland. Takumakai continually strives to provide high quality teaching and training in the art of Aikijujutsu. The aim of the organisation is not to spread Daito-ryu as far as possible, but to gradually expand the practice of this art whilst paying strict attention to sustaining a high level of quality. This is why there are very few Takumakai dojos outside Japan.
Daito-ryu in Finland
Takumakai teachers follow a teaching tradition inherited from Sokaku Takeda. Teachers of Takumakai in Finland have had unique opportunities to benefit from the diversity of teachings in Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu by learning from all of the main Takumakai masters.
There are currently only four dojos in Europe. Two are located in Finland (both in Helsinki). If you want to learn real Daito-ryu, please come to train in our dojos. We can also help you organise a Daito-ryu seminar in your location.
The Takumakai’s representive for Europe is Mr. Jyrki Rytilä. He teaches at the Fudoshin dojo in Helsinki, which is the Takumakai’s head dojo in Europe. Anyone interested in training in Takumakai Daito-ryu is welcome to come there to practice. You can also contact him via email at jyrki.rytila [at] daitoryu.fi if you are interested in organising a Daito-ryu seminar in your area.
Fudoshin is the only club in Finland that has an official relationship with the Takumakai. It issues official belt gradings that are approved in Japan. Our teachers receive regular instruction form Japanese masters, and the quality of teaching is monitored.
The other dojos in Europe have strong ties with the Fudoshin dojo. The leaders of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai France and Daito-ryu aikijujutsu Takumakai Ukraine have both practiced under instruction of Mr. Jyrki Rytilä at the Fudoshin dojo.
If you have any questions or are interested in practicing Daito-ryu Takumakai, please contact us at: info [at] daitoryu.fi or jyrki.rytila [at] daitoryu.fi.
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