Keishoukan Budo

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Aikido is a Japanese martial art derived from the Aikijujutsu combat techniques of the Samurai. Founded in 1925 by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, Aikido is a relatively new martial art that combines physical discipline and practical effectiveness with an emphasis on personal growth. Because Aikido comes from the techniques of the Samurai, training includes the traditional roots of modern Aikido. Topics covered will be Kenjutsu, Aikijujutsu, and Torite (arresting techniques). Training focuses on the relationship between these traditional arts and modern Aikido. The Buki Waza (weapons training) includes Aiki-Kenjutsu (sword), Aiki-Jojutsu (staff), Tanto (knife), and hanbo (baton) techniques along with Taijustu (empty hand) defenses against all of these weapons.

Aikido is not a sport, but rather a system of self defense, which utilizes throws, pins, joint locks, strikes, and pressure point manipulations to control an attacker without causing any undue harm. Aikido techniques include powerful, circular, flowing movements allowing you to guide your attacker's energy and strength into a safe direction. Aikido is an excellent form of defense for old and young, men and women alike. Along with practical martial art applications Aikido training focuses on non-violent conflict resolution and incorporating the lessons learned at the Dojo into our daily lives.

Yoshinkan Aikido is unique in that it can trace its lineage directly back to the prewar Aikijujutsu training of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei at the Jigoku Dojo (Hell Dojo).

Due to its very effective but nonviolent nature Yoshinkan Aikido is taught to police forces throughout the world including the elite Tokyo Metropolitan Riot Police. Aikido is the development and strengthening of the body and mind, and spirit, however, Aikido is first and foremost Budo (classical martial art) and the practical side of Aikido must never be forgotten.


Judo is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life. It is all of these and more. Traditional Kodokan Judo is the practice of Judo / Jujutsu as a martial art (Budo) without the overwhelming emphasis on the Sport of Judo. Kodokan Judo comes to us from the fighting system of feudal Japan Jujutsu (Ju-Jitsu). Ju-Jitsu, which means Gentle Art is a system of combat whereas a smaller person may defeat a person of greater physical stature. Ju-Jitsu, because it was designed as a combative art, relies upon many techniques, some of which are similar to those found in other Martial Arts like Karate, Aikido and Judo. Both Aikido and Judo are modern day descendents of Ju-Jitsu. Some of the techniques found in Ju-Jitsu are:

  • Atemi-Waza (striking techniques)
  • Nage-Waza (throwing techniques)
  • Kansetsu-Waza (joint manipulation)
  • Shime-Waza (strangulation or choking techniques)
  • Katame Waza (ground techniques)
  • Vital and nerve point striking and manipulation

In 1882 Dr. Jigoro Kano founded Judo (or Kano Jiu Jutsu). Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education, Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he considered to be the best of their techniques into Judo. Judo is best known for it's spectacular throwing techniques but also involves considerable grappling on the ground utilizing specialized pins, control holds, arm locks, and choking techniques. Judo emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning. Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises. The Judo Rank System is now used in most other martial arts that recognize a person's degree of knowledge, ability, and leadership. Judo ranks are identified by colored belts, and ten degrees of advanced grades for black belts. Regular advancement encourages students to achieve more. The principles of Judo, such as Maximum Efficiency and Mutual Welfare and Benefit, can also be used in our dealings with others in life. The ultimate goal in Judo is to develop oneself to the maximum extent possible, always striving for perfection, so that you can contribute something of value to the world. Traditional Judo / Ju Jutsu focuses on the practical martial art aspects of training. Competing against a resisting opponent not for sport or ego but to improve our martial art skills in a safe and friendly environment.


Japan's feudal police developed many techniques to arrest dangerous criminals, who were usually armed and frequently desperate. The martial arts used to arrest suspects are generally referred to as taiho-jutsu.

Tai: Body - Ho: Law or Control - Jutsu: Technique. Simply defined, Taiho Jutsu means control and restraining techniques. Taiho Jutsu techniques have been adopted and modified for contemporary law enforcement applications. Based on martial art styles from the Japanese feudal era, modern forms of taiho jutsu are an essential part of training programs for many police agencies today. Law enforcement officers in countries around the world often rely on modern taiho jutsu to safely arrest and detain suspects. Taiho Jutsu techniques such as Torite Waza are used to move into arresting techniques before being attacked and for arresting those who appear suspicious or are believed to be carrying weapons. Taiho jutsu techniques are based on control, not pain; blending, not stopping; using, not resisting power of the aggressor. Taiho Jutsu has been found to be non-obtrusive to the public, while at the same time maintaining officer safety and giving the officer maximum control without causing injury to the suspect or to the officer. This system has been both court and street proven!

Taiho-jutsu was introduced to the U.S. when the Strategic Air Command began sending combative measures instructors to the Kodokan in Japan for eight-week training programs. The course was a Japanese-designed mix of Judo, Karate, Aikido and Taiho-jutsu. Kodokan officials contacted the JKA to manage the karate instruction. The JKA responded by sending Nishiyama, Obata, Okazaki, and Terada. Judo instruction was provided by Kodokan greats Kotani, Otaki, Takagake, Sato, Shinojima, and Yamaguchi. Aikido instruction was led by Tomiki, along with Yamada and Inuzuka, while the instruction in Taiho-jutsu was given by Hosokawa and Kikuchi. The SAC airmen attended class at the dojo for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and at the end of the course had to compete against and be evaluated by ten Black Belts. Upon returning to the United States, these airmen became instructors at every SAC base where it was important to develop combatives courses for crewmen in training.

Many forms of both traditional and modern arresting art forms are therefore recognized as part of Edo Machi-kata Taiho Jutsu. Members are encouraged to study and train in those aspects appropriate to their own individual interests. These elements of taiho jutsu include the following forms:

Unarmed Forms

  • Tai sabaki (body movement)
  • Uke waza (receiving techniques)
  • Atemi waza (striking techniques)
  • Te hodoki waza (escaping techniques)
  • Osae waza (restraining/holding techniques)
  • Kansetsu waza (joint locking techniques)
  • Nage waza (throwing techniques)
  • Shime waza (choking techniques)

Armed Forms

  • Jutte jutsu (truncheon)
  • Tessen jutsu (iron fan)
  • Hojo-jutsu (cord binding)

Modern Forms

  • Tokushu keibo-jutsu (telescopic baton)
  • Tekase-jutsu (handcuffing techniques)
  • Hiki-tate (methods for standing an arrested suspect)
  • Kaeshi-waza (reversal techniques)
  • Tanju hoji waza (handgun retention techniques)


This class was created for Law Enforcement. It focuses on the practical applications of Aikido techniques and fostering Aikido philosophy in the use of Law Enforcement defensive tactics. Although designed for Law Enforcement this is an excellent class for anyone who may need to use their Budo training to protect themselves in a violent environment. This class is (P.O.S.T) accredited and offered to Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Military Personnel.


Goshin Jutsu takes elements from all the training available at the Keishoukan Dojo and applies them specifically Woman's Self Defense. The emphasis of this training is to teach women practical and realistic self defense techniques in a safe and comfortable environment. The focus of this course is prevention, awareness and skill development. Goshin Jutsu training enhances the ability to project confidence necessary to defend yourself.

Goshin Jutsu classes cover the following:

  • Theory, mental and emotional control
  • Awareness
  • Learning how to fall properly
  • Learning basic self defense techniques
  • Repetition drills
  • Basics proper strikes and kicks
  • Impact training
  • Simulated practice against an attacker
  • Stress innoculation

This is a great way to get in shape while learning a practical skill.

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