TAKAGI YOSHIN RYU SAMURAI JU-TAIJUTSU
(NAMED AFTER SHIGENOBU ORIEMON TAKAGI)
“High Tree – Willow Spirit Tree Tradition”
INTRODUCTION TO TAKAGI YOSHIN RYU – SCHOOL OF GRAPPLING
The comprehensive research and study work herein has been the collaboration of Ariza Hanshi of the Five Rings Centers International and what he refers to as gifts from the spirit world. In an effort to maintain relevant connection with the truest interpretation of this tradition, Ariza Hanshi calls his collective work as Takagi Yoshin Ryu Samurai Ju-Taijutsu (Jujutsu).
The philosophy behind the school of Takagi Yoshin Ryu is comprehensively captured in its name, referring to the relationship between the flexible spirit of the willow tree and the breakability of the tall tree.
- TAKAGI: Tall tree
- YO: Willow
- SHIN: Mind; heart; spirit
- RYU: School, tradition, style, method
Takagi Yoshin Ryu Ju-Taijutsu (interchangeable with Jujutsu), when compared to other classical schools in Budo, has very few similarities. The Dai Nihon Bugei Ryu Ha says that a series of techniques, which were in future years to become known as the Takagi Ryu, were put together by a wandering Taoist sage (monk) called Sounryu in 1569.
The Art is a pure Classical Japanese Martial Art and can be traced back to the ancient times of Japan, owing most of its glory to the skilful and brave Samurai Warriors who continued upgrading and refining its vast array of scientific techniques in actual combat, and also known for the creation of a unique way of the sword (Iai-jutsu / Iaido), The basic principle of the art was to defeat the enemy in any way possible with the most gentle of hands. Gentle is only for the Ju-Taijutsu-ka and not for the opponent, that is, with the gentle swift body movement (Tai Sabaki) geared with the brains using the principles of leverage and counters, combined with the knowledge of the body pressure points, using and turning the attacker’s own strength and weight.