About Daito-ryu Aiki Jiu-Jitsu and The techniques
Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu is an old-style martial art that includes techniques to throw, knock down and immobilize your enemy without the use of weapons. Also, there are many seated techniques used to control the enemy. Daito-ryu was the first martial art to make aiki no jutsu ( using Aiki only without jujutsu) known to the world.
The techniques are based on the offensive and defensive requirements of the samurai. They are well organized and classified into seated, standing, seating versus standing and attacks from behind. Within these positions are techniques such as throwing, knocking down and immobilizing your enemy as well as attacks from the enemy with weapons and multiple attackers. The total number of techniques is said to be 2884.
They are well-organized, so everyone, even powerless person, can use them without no relation to your physique, age and sex. This is because they contain some skills like Aiki-Waza, in which you use spirit and breath to hold opponents, Kansetsu-Waza, in which you use reverse joints to throw or hold, and Kyusho-Waza, in which you use weak points of the body like sore spots. Above all, there is the technique of Aiki which covers all techniques as a top secret.
The body movement of Daito-ryu AikiJujutsu is beautiful and is based on swordmanship and retains the skill of using the short sword with jujutsu(Kogusoku).
* What is kogusoku?
The term refers to the small armour such as shinpads, helmet, sleeves etc. Also, it is one of the many names for jujutsu. It is often used to refer to the techniques that use the short sword (kowakizashi) rather than hand to hand combat.
The following is a catalogue of the kaiden certificates and transmissions that Hisa Takuma received from Takeda Sokaku.
List of Licenses and Certificates
Shoden: two sides of the 118 techniques
Aiki no jutsu: two sides of the 53 techniques
Hiden ogi: two sides of the 36 secret techniques
Daito-ryu Aiki Nito-ryu Hidden: The secret Daito-ryu Aiki 2 swords techniques
Goshinyo no te: 84 techniques to build confidence in real situations.
Kaishaku Soden no koto: 477 techniques of the Soden
Kaiden no koto: Eighty-eight techniques of full proficiency
In addition to the above, there are eleven volumes of Daito-ryu Aiki Budo, a collection of photographs of the techniques taught by Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda, which have been preserved as Soden.
In training, we repeat the techniques with attacks coming from a sitting, standing, sitting versus standing as well as attacks from behind. We train our mind, and body as the techniques progress from kata to kata, from stiffness to softness, from movement to stillness. Those who wish to progress to the next level will continue to train in Okuden and Hiden, seeking the true essence of the martial arts, and pass them on to the next generation.