About Butoku Ryu

  • Founding
  • Tanaka-Ha Butoku-Ryu Aikijujutsu was founded by Fujimori Akira based on his intensive training and study for over 50 years in Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Aikido, Judo, Sumo and Jojutsu. The Butoku-ryu system can be seen as the embodiment of the guiding principles of Fujimori Sensei's teacher, Tanaka Shigeho .
    Clubs practising this style are located in Perth WA, Tsuyama Japan, Luton UK, and Melbourne Victoria.

  • Aiki and Ju
  • Similar to older grappling styles and Judo, the techniques of Butoku-ryu maintain close body-to-body dynamics, seeking to close gaps via grabbing-pulling movements characteristics of most grappling styles. However, coupled naturally with these flexor (pulling) movements are non-grabbing, extensor movements - based on sword and spear techniques - now prevalent in most other Aiki styles. The techniques, although similar in looks to those of other aiki styles, rely less on the partners' momentum and more on exploiting and circumventing the others' resistance and built-in reaction, all the while avoiding a direct contest of strength. Partners start out closer to each other and the starting stances are less stylistically fixed. Atemi waza (striking techniques) are not add-ons or afterthoughts, but are viewed as the percussive variation of the throwing techniques, sharing the the same body mechanics. The resulting movements look more raw, compact and direct - but there's more than meets the eye.

  • Bu-Toku
  • Meaning martial virtues, Butoku can be seen as a way to develop the mind through the use of the body. There are instructions to follow, but students are encouraged to explore and test things out themselves 'through the body' - via rigorous training - rather than through rigid imposition of ideals or theoretical speculation. Our training methods favour developing natural attributes over learning elaborate techniques.

  • Ryu
  • A Butoku-ryu imperative is to forego the distraction of making a profit or a large following in order to help committed individuals develop ripe skills. The instructors (including Fujimori Sensei), although highly skilled and dedicated, are not paid for their teaching, nor seminar, nor grading. Fujimori Sensei's style of Budo has received formal recognition from some of the finest Budo exponents in Japan, including Ueshiba Morihei and Tanaka Shigeho.