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FUJITO KOGA, The founder of Fujiruy-Taijyutsu

kogaFujiryu-Taijyutsu was founded by Fujito Koga on March 6th, 1955.

He was known as a person of integrity and played an active part in the Japanese Navy during the wars. After the wars, he continued to train together with Noriaki (Houken) Inoue, who was a nephew of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. He was also a close family friend of Fudo Yagi, the top adviser of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu and the founder of Jyukiryu, and they were like brothers.
After 36 years of training and teaching as the founder of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu, Fujito Koga became an honorary adviser. He passed away at the age of 89 on November 23rd, 1997.
To commemorate his death, Ryutaro Oshima, 3rd Soke of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu, has been holding the annual demonstration dedicated to the shrine in Fukuoka on November 23rd since 2002.
The name of Fujito Koga, the warrior, will continue to be handed down to the new millennium.

FUDO YAGI, The top adviser of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu (the founder of “Jyukiryu”)

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He was born in 1927 and started “Kodokan Judo (講道館柔道)” training in his childhood.
During the same period, he trained under Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido.
He opened his Jyukiryu Dojo in Fukuoka at the age of 32.
Jyukiryu was named after “Jyu (柔)” from Kodokan Judo and “Ki (気)” from Aikido.
There is a famous episode of Fudo Yagi putting up the sign “Challengers Welcome!” in front of his Dojo and those challengers ended up being admitted to hospitals.
He also sent a letter of challenge to fight to Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of “Kyokushin Karate (極真空手)” and was refused.
His students include many leading figures from different industries, such as a Japanese talent Mr. Tamori. He was also a close family friend of Fujito Koga, the founder of Fujiryu-Taijyutsu, and they were like brothers.
He currently resides in Fukuoka and teaches his secret techniques such as “Ima Musashi (今・武蔵)” to Ryutaro Oshima, Fujiryu-Taijyutsu 3rd Soke.
Fudo Yagi is also well known for his calligraphic works and paintings. Many publicly listed companies and public offices ask him for his works. He is one of the few warriors from the Showa period.

NORIAKI INOUE, The founder of Ichii-ryu, Shinwa Taido

井上Noriaki Inoue was born on December 3rd, 1902 and passed away on April 13th, 1994. He was the founder of Ichii-ryu Aiki Kobudo and Shinwa Taido (Shin-ei Taido). The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, was his Uncle.
He was born in Akitsu village, Tanabe-gun, Wakayama prefecture (currently Tanabe city in Wakayama prefecture). When he was 10 years old, he started learning Judo from Kiyoichi Takagi of Kodokan Judo. Together with Ueshiba, he started teaching Aioi-ryu, which was a new form of Aiki Bujutsu based on Jujutsu, which has been handed down through generations from the Kamakura period.
In 1946, he renamed “Ichii-ryu Aiki Kobudo” to “Shinwa Taido (親和体道)” which later became “Shin-ei Taido (親英体道)”. He acted as the founder of Shin-ei Taido until he passed away at the age of 91 in 1994. He was one of the masters in the Showa period.

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