Masatake Fujita Sensei, one of the Great high-ranking Shihans, emphasized the fundamentals in his Aikido practising and teaching.
The bases of his training method were the proper posture and dodge for the correct technique performing. The powerful, vigorous performing of the techniques and the uke’s attack control were his main signatures.
Masatake Fujita Sensei is well known for introducing the Aikido training method called “Masatake Fujita Sensei’s theory of motion (tai sabaki)” and for his powerful performing of Aikido techniques.
There are 7 Masatake Fujita Shihan’s techniques perfomed by Igor Shmygin.
From the Publisher: This book is dedicated to the memory of the Great Master, Hombu Dojo Shihan, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai. The process of creating the book began when the Master was still alive. Masatake Fujita Shihan devoted his life to Aikido. The world has thousands if not millions of followers and admirers of his work. He was a true legend, his memory and knowledge will never be forgotten.
Aikido suffers a serious loss that is difficult to admit. The Masters and Aikidoka from all over the world will follow Sensei’s teaching, study his unique training method carefully and will pass this invaluable knowledge to the next generation.
The Masters, the close friends perform the best Masatake Fujita Shihan’s techniques and the basic Aikido techniques paying a tribute of respect to the Great Master.
While given author credits, this book is more about Fujita Shihan than by him.
Buki waza, the use of weapons, is an integral part of Aikido training. Although the emphasis is on bare hand techniques, the use of the stick (jo), the wooden sword (bokken), the wooden knife (tanto), as well as the heavy wooden sword (hojo bokken) are also studied. There are numerous techniques for these weapons, as with the bare hand techniques. However, there are a limited series of predefined movements (kata) conceived by the masters and transferred from masters to pupils whose virtue is to supply the practitioner with the fundamentals of weapon mastery. Even though there are a restricted number of kata, it is difficult for the practitioner to memorise them all in detail. This is why we developed this book. Aikido sanshinkai is the traditional form of Aikido. It is taught in parallel to two other art forms: the Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage ryu Hojo no kata and the regenerating gymnastics of Genkikai. We call these three arts Aikido sanshinkai and they are complementary to each other.
This book is about the unique person, my Master, Masatake Fujita-Sensei, Shihan Hombu Dojo, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai.
Masatake Fujita Shihan is famous for his vigorous performing of the techniques. His teaching style is commonly known as “Fujita-Sensei’s theory of motion
(tai sabaki)“. In this theory, three elements are emphasized: posture, dodge and technical application. He introduced the progressive training method where
they first teach the proper posture and then the needed appropriate dodge for a favorable position which is the key to a successful performing of a technique.
I believe that Masatake Fujita-Sensei’s teaching, spiritual thinking will be passed on and acquainted with more people.
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The jo , an approximately four foot long wooden stave, is a rather innocuous weapon, its versatility and effectiveness not immediately apparent. However, in the right hands it can be used to devastating effect as Miyamoto Musashi the very famous Japanese swordsman discovered in a match with Musō Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi, another famous martial artist. If the account is to be believed, Katsuyoshi beat Musashi using only a jo, the only time Musashi was defeated; true or not, the jo is still regarded as a formidable weapon.
The use of the jo features in most Aikido dojos. It is important in its own right as a weapon of offence and defence, but perhaps just as importantly as a supplement to Aikido unarmed training. Aiki-jo training reinforces tai sabaki, reaction speed, distance awareness and many other basic principles of Aikido practice. Moreover, jo suburi and jo kata forms of practice are performed solo, without the need for a training partner.
In this volume we provide illustrated guidance to six forms of Aiki-jo training:
• Part 1 deals with preliminary exercises to loosen the body and become familiar with handling the jo.
• In Part 2 we describe over 20 forms of jo suburi, that is basic exercises for attack and defence.
• Part 3 builds on Part 2 by presenting three commonly practised jo kata that incorporate suburi in continuous sequences.
• Partner practice in Part 4 shows techniques where uke, wielding the jo, attacks tori who disarms and throws or pins uke. This form of practice is termed jo dori.
• In Part 5, jo waza, tori throws or immobilises uke using the jo.
• Finally in Part 6 tori and uke, both wielding a jo, are shown performing paired exercises, that is kumijo, before demonstrating a continuous sequence of mutual attacks and defences.
Aiki-jo forms are all beneficial to basic unarmed Aikido training, but they are much more than that; they also enrich the Aikido training experience, making it as exciting as it is enjoyable.
The book “Osae Waza. Technique” by Masatake Fujita Shihan, presents the original retaining techniques. The author describes the movements and techniques, focusing on the key points that allow you to achieve maximum efficiency in performing of the retaining technique.
All the techniques are illustrated with step by step photos and comments. Available as a non-Kindle e-book from other sources.
From the Publisher: Kokyu Nage translates as ‘breath throw’. What one is learning is to co-ordinate one’s body movement with the breath while throwing down, or projecting away. This book contains practical materials about Kokyu Nage techniques. All the techniques are illustrated step by step.
Part 1 of a 2-volume set. Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets, and as a paperback book (without the “Part 1” designation).