pic3“Tsuki” (knock), kick, “Atemi” (blow at a vital point), throw, grapple/lock and choke are Taijyutsu techniques that originate in the traditional Japanese martial arts. These techniques differ significantly in concept from the modern mixed combat sports. Taijyutsu techniques are closely tied to the tradition of martial arts “Bu (武)” that have been handed down over generations since ancient times. Combat sports are defined within the realm of competitive sports; therefore, the phenomenal structure of life-or-death is not recognized and does not exist. In the world of sports, there is a second change even after one loses to its opponent. However, only winning has its place in martial art, because losing simply means death and there is no second chance for which to prepare.

The techniques and movements in Fujiryu-Taijyutsu do not require power. The main characteristic of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu is premised on the fact that there is no referee or rules to be followed. Thus, it is vitally important to combine prudence and audacity in one’s movements in a manner most consistent with the human physiology. Noriaki Inoue, a renowned martial artist, known as a master of Taijyutsu, had visited many Dojo that taught “Kenjutsu (剣術)” (swordsmanship), “Yarijutsu (槍術)” (spears), “Jujutsu (柔術)” as his knight-errantry training. Afterward, he started teaching “Aiki Bujutsu (合気武術)” known as “Ichii-ryu (一位流)”. Ichii-ryu was built upon Jujutsu and “Heihogaku (平法学)” both of which have been handed down through generations from the Kamakura period. Ichii-ryu then transformed into “Shinwa Taido (親和体道)” which later became “Shin-ei Taido (親英体道)”. Fujito Koga, 1st So-ke and the founder of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu gave lessons to students as a substitute teacher for Noriaki Inoue and as a representative of “Shinwa-kai (親和会)” which was named after Shinwa Taido. The authentic Aiki Bujutsu is now handed down by 3rd So-ke, Ryutaro Oshima, to his students.


The combat theory of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu


The combat theory of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu is extremely simple: “To move a step forward while taking control over the opponent’s movement.” However, one would soon realize the difficulty behind this simple concept once he/she starts applying it to the training. It would require a great deal of practice and training to be able to naturally and automatically take a step forward by way of “Kousa-hou (交叉法)”, while getting control of the opponent’s movement. This is true even during a predetermined set of “Kumite (組手)” (sparring) when your opponent takes the offensive moves at you with full force.

The answer to a technical question “How to reduce a gap between different physical constitutions?” would be to “put your opponent off balance by sticking fast and close to your opponent.” The generally accepted theory in combat world is that nothing can be done to overcome this difference in physical constitutions. However, there have been more than a few, in the world of Japanese or Chinese martial arts, who tossed opponents with their small physique and were considered to be masters of great skill. The essential movement of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu is to come closer to and in dead zone/blind area of the opponent by way of Kousa-hou and to put him off balance by sticking fast and close to the opponent. The way of doing so varies but a representative example is to go for the opponent’s neck, i.e., to put your opponent off balance by twisting his neck vertebrae at a stroke. This movement makes a difference in physical constitutions insignificant and the opponent’s large physique can even backfire and become something more than he can manage.

The practical tactics of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu is to contain opponent’s force with technique, and not to fight back with force. The ultimate Fujiryu-Taijyutsu technique is the ability to stop the opponent’s breath. It is commonly accepted in the world of martial arts and combat sports that the technique of mastering opponent’s joints would be to grapple/lock them, whereas the technique of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu focuses on crushing/smashing the opponent’s joints. Moreover, Atemi using fist, palm, elbow and/or finger(s) with an instantaneous concentration of one’s balance becomes a much heavier blow, which is identical not only to “Koryu Jujutu (古流柔術)” (paleocurrent Jujutu) and “Koden Koppoujutu (古伝骨法術)” but also to “Sunkei (寸勁)” known as mystic Chinese martial arts, than a regular blow. The technique of chocking is secretly embedded in the movement of brushing against one’s opponent’s throat, squeezing and crushing it at an instantaneous moment you stick fast and close to him. However, it is so difficult and dangerous to get a hang of this technique that it is only passed down by word of mouth to students with higher skills. The techniques we at Fujiryu-Taijyutsu most often use are short sword and stick fighting. These techniques developed as a practical application of Taijyutsu. The systematized training method is to use short bamboo sword instead of short “Katana (刀)” (sword).

※Reference:  “Fujiryu-Taijyutsu” published by Sojinsha