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AIKIDO - (Flowing Harmony Way) Believed to have originated as AIKIJUJTSU near the year 1100, the art of Aikido as we know it today is most closely associated with it's founder. Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1970). It is said that Ueshiba learned the basics of aikijujutsu from Sokaku Takeda (the seventh generation of the Takeda family), and in a moment of spiritual enlightenment, or satori, envisioned aikido.

AIKIJUJUTSU (Flowing harmony art) - Historically regarded as the root, or birth, of DAITO RYU, and all classical systems of jujutsu, including aikido.

DAITO RYU - (Great Eastern School) - A school of classical martial arts dating from the Heian period, and passed down generationally through the Takeda family.

HAKKO RYU - (Eighth-light School) A jujutsu system developed from Daito Ryu Jujutsu by Ryuho Okuyama in 1941.

ITTO TENSHIN RYU - A school of KENJUTSU (Art of the Sword) from the Edo period, founded by Kurosawa Kojiro, legendary foe of Miyamoto Musashi.

JUDO (Yielding Way, or The Way of Gentleness) - Contemporary Budo style and sport, derived from JUJUTSU, founded by Jigoro Kano in 1881.

KARATEDO (Empty Hand Way)

KARATEJUTSU (Empty Hand Art) - System of unarmed combat developed on the island of Okinawa.

KENDO (The Way of The Sword) - Fencing method developed from KENJUTSU (Art of the Sword)

KENJUTSU (Art of The Sword) Classical Japanese swordsmanship

KYUBA NO MICHI DO (The Way of The Bow and Horse) - A code of warrior ethics developed in the 12th century during the reign of Minamoto Yoritomo (Also known as Kyusen No MIchi Do - The Way of The Bow and Arrow)

KYUDO (The Way of The Bow) The classical art of Japanese archery.

SHOTOKAN (House of Shoto) - The first historically recognized school of Karate, as founded by Gichin Funakoshi in 1922. Shoto was the pseudonym under which Funakoshi wrote and published his books of poetry.

TE (Hand) Historically regarded as the name originally given to the system of empty handed combat system as developed on Okinawa.


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