Outline of Aiki-bujutsu Curriculum

All techniques are taught with self-defense applications in mind. The intention is to give students experience in the traditional aspects of Aiki-bujutsu with practical and contemporary viewpoints on self-defense.

Proper Defense and Conflict Avoidance Skills

  • Self confidence
  • Mental and Physical Fitness
  • Self control
  • Flexibility
  • Courage
  • Respect for yourself and others
  • Perseverance
  • Awareness of legal aspects of confrontational situations

Training Syllabus

  1. Introduction to Aiki-Bujutsu
  2. Dojo Etiquette
  3. Understanding of aspects of modern day self-defense
  4. Development of basic skills:
  • Terminology
  • Meditation
  • Awareness
  • Using senses
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  • Kokyu (breathing)
  • Ki (Energy) and Kiai
  • Balance
  • Physics of Ukemi
  • Ma-ai (proper distance, space)
  • Seiza (proper sitting positions)
  • Kamae (stances)
  • Taisabaki (Body shifting movements)
  • Centralization
  • Hands and arms as weapons
  • BlocksDeflections
  • Atemi and understanding of vital points
  • Pressure points
  • Feet and legs as weapons
  • Concept of Aiki, Concept of Blending.


Kihon waza (basic techniques)

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  • Atemi waza (striking techniques)
  • Geri waza (kicking techniques)

Suwari waza (techniques in a sitting position)

Nage waza (Throwing techniques)

  • Sutemi waza (sacrifice techniques)
  • Katame waza (grappling techniques)
  • Kansetsu waza (joint manipulation techniques)
  • Osae waza (pinning techniques)
  • Shime waza (strangulation techniques)

Randori (freestyle “all out” training against simultaneous multiple aggressors attack)

Sukashi waza (techniques executed without allowing attacker to complete initial attack: grab, strike, etc.)

Jiju waza (freestyle practice of techniques; sets of attacks and counters)

Goshin-no Waza : (self-defense methods)

1. The process of defense

  • Perception
  • Evaluation-decision
  • Reaction

2. Understanding and utilizing principles of:

  • Evasion
  • Escape
  • Redirection
  • Neutralization
  • Holds
  • Control
  • Immobilization
  • Defense from the ground

3. Defense

  • Against strikes
  • Against kicks
  • Against grabs
  • Against chokes
  • Close quarters
  • On the ground

4. Weapons (Defense) – Divided into 4 groups

  • Hanbo waza (against the club – baseball bat – stick)
  • Tanto waza (against the knife)
  • Tanji waza (against the gun)
  • Kusari Fundo Waza – (against flexible weapons – chain, belt, or similar)




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