Historically, the aiki arts were passed down through the Takeda clan and used specifically by the Imperial Guards to protect some of the most prominent figures in feudal Japan. In 1898, Takeda Sokaku made the art public by introducing Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu to the masses. From his teachings, numerous lineages of aiki were spread all over the world. Students of the Technician Dojo have the opportunity to study two aiki arts simultaneously:
- Aikido - A Japanese martial art that uses locks, holds, throws, and the opponent's own movements to defeat them. Aikido is considered a soft martial art, centered around the principle of mutual harmony. The ultimate goal of Aikido is the ability to defend oneself without causing harm to their attacker. Founded in ca. 1930 by Ueshiba Morihei.
- Tenshi Akuma Do Aiki Jujutsu - A modern adaptation of Takeda's art, emphasizing a more combative approach than Aikido while maintaining the same flow and softness of movement. In the upper levels, Tenshi Akuma Do features a wide variety of techniques not commonly found in Aikido, based on using the body in its most efficient state to generate power through biomechanics and kinetic energy. Founded in 2008 by Kaiso Steven Hatfield.
- American Yoshinkan Aiki Jujutsu - Founded by Hatfield sensei's instructor, Hasaka Yutashi, American Yoshinkan Aiki Jujutsu is an offshoot of Daito Ryu with some influence from Shioda Gozo's Yoshinkan Aikido. On January 12, 2020, Hatfield sensei officially passed this art down to Bret Gordon, yet private instruction in this art may still be received at our school in Columbus. For more information, click here.