Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sagawa Daito Ryu Films

There are nine branches of Daito Ryu lineages.  These are coming from the following teachers.

1. Takeda Tokimune
2. Hisa Takuma
3. Sagawa Yukiyoshi
4. Horikawa Kodo
5. Yoshida Kotaro
6. Morihei Ueshiba (preWWII Daito Ryu)
7. Hosono Tsunejiro
8. Matsuda Toshimi
9. Yamamoto SumiYoshi 

Sagawa Yukiyoshi 佐川 幸義

One of the famous students of the founder of Daito Ryu was Sagawa Yukiyoshi.  I have found his school is hard to get into, and they are secretive.  Until lately I did not think any films coming from this lineage were available.  While no public films have been released of Sagawa himself, many of his students have made short recordings.  For my own research records I have decided to gather them here,  Hopefully these films can give a glimpse into the world of Sagawa Daito Ryu.

The following 3 films show one of Sagawa's top students.  Keisatsu Yoshimaru,

Sagawa student Yasue Kunio, who also studied aikido under Seigo Yamaguchi.  Now he teaches his own form of Chrisitan aikido (hence the robes)

Yasue Kunio claims to have started Daito Ryu under Matsuda Toshimi, but then went on to study with Sagawa,

Monday, August 24, 2015


The aiki path has been challenging to me of late.

I lost my dojo's lease at the end of April.  This ended the chapter known as Austin Budokan.  I loved that place and the people that filled it.  Alas, change is the only constant.  

I have been working hard on building a private dojo for the past couple years.  In truth it was a mother in law house, but she decided to make other plans after I committed myself to the project.  A few of us have been getting together and working out in the debris of the build.  Unfortunately the new dojo is much further south so the regular crew I had at the old dojo is now cast to the winds.

Over the summer I was blessed with the chance to teach a few seminars.  I continue to enjoy this aspect of the art.  

I am trying to recommit myself to the blog.  I need to go through it and update/delete old posts and continue to strive to develop new material.  Please shout out any encouragement.  It is hard to get the writing engine going again.  

Anyhow...for the 2 readers I used to have that are still around, I'm hanging in there.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Iaido in Austin - Araki Mujinsai Ryu

Interested in the art of the Japanese sword? In south Austin there is a group training in the art iaido, drawing of the sword. It is essentially an art of drawing and cutting with the sword in a smooth and efficient manner.

wikipedia says-

Iaido (居合道 Iaidō), abbreviated with iai (居合), is a modern Japanese martial art/sport.
Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. While new practitioners of iaido may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken) depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, most of the practitioners use the blunt edged sword, called iaitō.

Specifically this art is Araki Mujinsai-Ryu Iaido 荒木無人斎流居合道, a koryu samurai style that is over 400 years old. We have direct connection to the teachers in Japan.

                                                              Araki Mujinsai Ryu headquarters
Mike Ross - head instructor
We are holding classes on Sundays 10am-12pm

        at Rising Sun Aikido in South Austin
        1600 W Stassney Ln Austin, TX 78745
Please contact Robin Winter for more information