These highly traditional Japanese martial arts are taught under the authority of Master Alain Floquet, 8th dan Kyoshi in Aikibudo, and 7th dan in Kobudo from the Katori Shinto Ryu school.
Aikibudo and Kobudo (weapons techniques) are the two facets of the same art. Although these two disciplines can be learned separately, it is their common study that multiplies the practitioner's potentialities. They are highly complementary, and the links between the hand movements and those of the sword are numerous. Aikibudo relates to body position, precision, and rigour, while Kobudo relates more to alertness of body and mind, rapidity, flexibility, and sureness of judgment. Both lay stress on concentration, absence of fear, determination, perfect attitude, and respect of others.
In feudal Japan, many lords were experienced in the handling of weapons (sword, etc.), but the ruling class (clan leaders called daimyo or great lords) had to possess sophisticated secret techniques in order to face any unexpected attack. Some clans devised defence methods allowing them to overcome armed and unarmed attacks. The Aizu clan carried the development of such techniques, that were jealously kept secret, to a great extent. However, Japan had greatly evolved by the end of the 19th century, and the days of samurai at arms were over. The Aizu clan, personified by lord Saigo Tanomo (Hoshiwa), decided to authorize the teaching of its techniques to certain outsiders.
The man in charge of this teaching, O Sensei Takeda Sokaku, settled his school in Hokkaido (island north of Japan) and named it Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. He had among his students the initiator of the fantastic development of aiki movements throughout the world: O Sensei Ueshiba Morihei. Having become a Daito Ryu teacher himself, Master Ueshiba had many students, including Master Mochizuki Minoru who introduced Aikijujutsu Ueshiba Ryu (then called Aikido-Jujutsu of Yoseikan - the name of his dojo) in France in 1951. The first non Japanese he trained in Aikido-Jujutsu over a long period of time in his dojo at Shizuoka, was a young Frenchman: Master Jim Alcheik. Pertaining to the history of Aikibudo, he also trained one of Master Jim Alcheik's students, who had also been the student and assistant of Master Hiro Mochizuki: Master Alain Floquet.
Meanwhile, Master Ueshiba had developed and deeply modified the art he was teaching before World War II. This transformation led to the creation of Aikido toward 1948. In 1982, Master Floquet, who was still teaching under the heading Aikido-Jujutsu of Yoseikan, adopted the name Aikibudo with Master Mochizukis consent. Moreover, he took up with the mother school and the heir (or soke) of Daito Ryu, Takeda Tokimune, and integrated this original form of Aikijujutsu into his teaching along with Katori Shinto Ryu.
In Master Floquets mind and practice, these three entities (the fondamental techniques of Aikibudo, the art of Daito Ryu , and the art of Katori Shinto Ryu) are one and the same, and form the basis of the art of Aikibudo.
Aikibudo is a martial art characterized by the lack of indulgence and brutality. The term "bu" does not mean war, as it is often heard, but rather refers to the force that allows peace.
The term kobudo means "ancient martial arts".
The weapons used and the techniques taught are those of a very old and respected school in Japan: Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. This school is under the authority of the soke (heir) Yasusada Shuri no Suke, and of three masters (shihan): Otake Risuke, Sugino Yoshio, and Mochizuki Minoru. We study traditional Katori under the supervision of Master Sugino Yoshio, and a form of Iaijutsu created by Master Mochizuki Minoru. Master Alain Floquet, 6th dan, is their representative.
This school teaches the techniques of the Japanese sword (kenjutsu and iaijutsu), staff (bojutsu), spear (naginatajutsu and yarijutsu), as well as other weapons. It lays stress on alertness of body and mind, rapidity, flexibility, and sureness of judgment. The teaching takes the form of a series of kata (set of codified movements) between the teacher and the student. The teacher always carries a wooden sword (bokken or bokuto), while the student learns to use all the weapons of the school.
Founder of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
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