Tokimune's teachings» Written original by Takeda Tokimune
Practice of the Daito-ryu Aikibudo
Those who practice the Daito-ryu Aikibudo must learn the Aikijujutsu which is its base. Aikibudo includes kenjutsu, yarijutsu, bojustu, juttejutsu and the other secrets; to use one's own energy in the most effective way, unknowingly using the enemies strength, without weapons, with only the forces of mind and body, and to be flexible without having to depend on weapons.
Objectives of aikijujutsu
Aikijujutsu teaches [self-defense] without the use of weapons. Since the students endeavor daily [in the practice], it is necessary to explain [the techniques] in a simple way. The art must be practiced with the objective to educate suitable persons for our Country; the training is in any case very deep and for this reasons it requires a great force of will. Recklessness is the main enemy and one must never lose the martial spirit. It is necessary to always continue. [the practice]
Development of ki
In Daito-ryu are kept the secrets of aiki. The life depends on ki, therefore the ki has to be developed. With the right way of breathing one can properly the ki and succeed at reaching mental concentration. Developing a determined and courageous spirit, one can obtain an almost divine mental state and be in position of understanding, based on the nature of the ki that he encounters [a opponent], of how to act and manage the situation. Thus, the attach of opponent can nearly be seen before it happens.
In means reaching a calm state through the closing of our hands in fists and correct breath inhalation. Yo instead is to exhale completely while opening the again. Thanks to the way of breathing, the Aiki-in-yo-ho, the mind is focused and the gaze is more penetrating; one will therefore succeed therefore at maintaining his courage and manipulate the opponents in a nearly supernatural way using [only] the ten fingers [of the hands].
From the natural position, sensing our opponent's ki, we must move like a water course and, using the force of the enemy, throw him in whichever direction we choose. Aikinage is an application of Aikijujutsu and is the technique that allows one to deprive the opponent of his ki with just a movement, without the use of atemiwaza, kansetsuwaza or shimewaza.
It is practiced in couples and when the partner grabs our wrists, one must try to focus the ki in the armpits, the legs and fingertips: then we will be able to throw the opponent in every direction. Since this is a training to also improve the breathing, it is important that both [the students] practice without making too much use of force; it is also possible to practice without a single hand. The aim of this exercise is to reinforce properly the ki and the muscular power.
Another name of Aikijujutsu is Gotenjutsu, which is a mortal combat in a situation of life or death. It is an art, both defensive and offensive, executed reading the ki of the opponent and responding accordingly with a combination of atemi, shime, nage and aikinojutsu techniques. Since [the Aikijujutsu] could be dangerous it is necessary to practice it with much attention (and the instructor must deal with his teachings with a particular care).
Kiai in the situation in which the opponent becomes involved by my ki-ai. As an example the shout (Ehi, Toho, Hath, Iehii, Ihaa) increases each one's courage and consequently allows the dealing of you opponent by you own will, scarring him and putting him a discouragement condition, without being able to offer any resistance.
In the Aikijujutsu does not exist kamae. For the beginners it is important to practice with some kamae, but in reality the body does not have preordered position, but natural ones, so that in whichever situation it is found, one succeeds freely at facing the opponent from whichever direction, with calm, both in defense and in attack; it would be nonsense to hinder the flow of the technique just because one is frozen in a kamae. Thus, with the practice and calm, in our spirit, it will be possible to fight in a way adaptable to concrete actual situation in which we find ourselves in.
Practice of kenjutsu
Because of the fundamental principle that only with the practice of the jujutsu it is not possible to learn the true essence of the Daito-ryu, I called the art Daito-ryu Aikibudo, especially because I, who have trained with my father even in the body to body than in the sword, perfectly realize to have to transmit the Ono-ha Itto-ryu kenjutsu which was transmitted at Aizu together the aikijujutsu, arts that are now only here with us (at Abashiri).