Aikido - The Origin and Heart of Aikibojitsu
Aikido is a sophisticated and powerful martial system based upon the principles of non-resistant power. Created in the mid 1900s by Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei, Aikido is now practiced by a wide spectrum of serious individuals worldwide as a Way by which to approach the challenges of life. Aikido is meditation as much as it is a martial art form. A major part of Aikido study involves work with a staff; Ueshiba O'Sensei was a master of staff work, and considered it one of Aikido's foundational pillars.
Aikibojitsu - The Art of the Staff
Aikibojitsu's philosophy and technique with the staff resembles the philosophy and technique taught at the Aiki Kumano Juku Dojo in the early 1970s. But due to many factors, Aikibojitsu has come to be substantially different from its martial parent. As an example, in addition to focus upon achievement of control of uke (the attacker), Aikibojitsu also places emphasis upon doing so in light of the exponential nature of Reality (for a complete explanation of this topic, see the book Aikido, Aikibojitsu and the Structure of Natural Law (may be purchased elsewhere in this site.)
Aikibojitsu is a highly sophisticated art form. Through understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical techniques of Aikibojitsu practitioners to come to a deep and profound understanding of the reason why optimized techniques take the forms that they do. Understanding of where and how power and silent stillness are best expressed allows Aikido practitioners, and serious practitioners of other martial arts, to understand the hidden complex web of forces that underlie perfection in movement.
Aikibojitsu Founder John Thomas Read
Every advanced art form is built upon the effort of dedicated individuals who have devoted their lives to their work. Aikibojitsu is such an art form, the product of a very special lineage that began in the inspired work of Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei. Ueshiba sensei spent his entire life studying martial arts, and became an acknowledged master in several schools of jiu-jutsu and swordsmanship. But his real accomplishment was the creation of Aikido, a powerful and beautiful martial system based in compassion, non-resistance, and spiritual understanding.
One of Ueshiba Sensei's top students (soto deshi) was Michio Hikitsuchi, who also spent his entire life devoted to study of martial arts. Hikitsuchi Sensei, himself an acknowledged master of swordsmanship and staff work, was also a Shinto priest, and all those who trained with him in the Kumano Juku Dojo were deeply affected and influenced by the powerful spiritual focus of his teaching. Hikitsuchi sensei was one of a very few who were promoted to 10th dan in Aikido by Master Morihei Ueshiba.
Yasushi Tojima was a senior teacher at the Kumano Juku Dojo, known for his unpredictable nature, ready sense of humor, and explosive intensity. Tojima sensei was central to the creation and development of Aikibojitsu, spending time and energy as mentor to Tom Read Sensei, Aikibojitsu's founder.
John Thomas Read Sensei (Tom Read) began formal Aikido study in 1969 as a way to broaden and deepen his study of Zen meditation. In 1974, Read Sensei moved to Japan where he studied under Masters Michio Hikitsuchi, Yasushi Tojima, and other senior teachers of the Aiki Kumano Juku Dojo. After returning from Japan, Read Sensei opened Northcoast Aikido in 1977 with formal written sanction from Master Michio Hikitsuchi. Read Sensei began to develop the staff work of Aikibojitsu in 1985 after he experienced a powerful spiritual awakening to the fullness of Aikido's foundations.