ABOUT US … the Aiki-ju-jutsu team
What is Takeda Ryu?
Takeda Ryu is a Japanese martial art that originated in the Takeda clan during the feudal era of Japan. It is a traditional style of jujutsu that emphasizes practical techniques for self-defense, such as throws, joint locks, and strikes, and incorporates training in weapons like the sword, staff, and knife. Takeda Ryu is known for its focus on efficiency and effectiveness in combat, as well as its integration of both unarmed and armed techniques. Today, Takeda Ryu is practiced by martial artists around the world and continues to be an important part of Japanese martial arts history and culture.
Classes are led by a highly qualified team of instructors. In an adult class, the student will learn real life practical applications of the physical skills as well as a system to de-stress one’s self from the daily challenges of life. They allow students to gain self confidence, strengthen both body and mind so that people will feel comfortable with confrontation in any situation within life. Students learn to enhance the body’s functions such as flexibility, core strength and endurance. Self-defence is taught in a safe and enjoyable environment while emphasising the values and practical application of Martial Art skills sets that could one day save a life. Students learn to dedicate themselves to perfecting the execution of Martial Arts with a strong curriculum-based program that appropriately challenges beginners through advanced Martial Art Students. Creating a personal “victory” for each student is our goal.
Kyoshi Martin Camilleri
Joden Shihan [Menkyo Jo], 7th Dan Aiki-Jujutsu, 5th Dan Nihon Tai-Jitsu, 4th Dan Iaido, 1st Dan Jukenpo, 1st Dan Jodo, 1st Dan Kung Fu,Shiatsu practitioner
Renshi Kevin Buhagiar
Shoden Menkyo Jo, 5th Dan Aiki-Jujutsu, 4th Dan Nihon Tai-Jitsu, 2nd Dan Iaido, 1 st Dan Jukenpo
Aikijujutsu is a Japanese martial art of which the origins go back for more than 1000 years.
From a purely physical point of view, it’s a martial art that uses grips, throws, strangleholds, joint locks, and atemi. The techniques were merely developed in feudal jujutsu schools and in sword schools.
Aikijujutsu is a dynamic martial art.
The system is based on non-resistance to the force of the adversary. The person, who performs the technique, tries to gain control of the attacker by taking over the offered energy (the attack) and by using it against the attacker. Striking is the circular movements and the flexible mind of the defender. The pursuit of a technically correct and mentally mastered performance makes excessive use of force unnecessary.
Aikijujutsu is basically a defensive martial art.
Body and spirit are trained only to react when there are no other options. Although we mainly train unarmed fighting in our school, armed fighting is not neglected. The weapons are the bokken (a wooden replica of a sword), the tanto (a wooden replica of a dagger), the Tambo (a 30 cm long baton), and the jo (a 100-centimeter long wooden staff).
Iaido is the principal art of Samurai Swordsmanship practiced for centuries in Japan. Iaido teaches the student how to draw the sword from the sheath efficiently, deal with an attacker or attackers, and re-sheathe the sword safely. In the past, Iaido was used as a method of self-defense as the Japanese Sword, Katana, was a Samurai’s primary weapon and was always at his side. A Japanese swordsman needed to be able to bring his sword into action at a moment’s notice. Practitioners of Iaido are taught to deal with attacks from many different angles and positions. A great deal of skill and expertise is required to successfully employ the Japanese Sword in combat and this is why many consider Iaido as a martial art of the highest order.
Having been influenced by some of the greatest swordsmen in history, Iaido is a system that has evolved over hundreds of years into a complete and structured study of the sword. In this modern age, Iaido has progressed beyond the self-defense ideals into a true martial art form focused on training the mind and body to effectively work together. Although it can be a difficult martial art to master, Iaido can also be an inspirational challenge and martial art pathway that anyone can benefit from. A desire to learn and perseverance is all it takes to excel in Iaido and the use of the Japanese sword.
Among other attributes, Iaido trains the practitioner how to focus, develops greater awareness and creativity, improves posture and understanding of correct body mechanics, and conditions the body. Iaido can be a martial art for life and it can improve your life. If you seek a life-long study and a deeper understanding of the martial arts through the use of the Japanese sword then Iaido is the art for you.
Ju Kenpo could be translated as “the art of the fist”. Kenpo to the Japanese designates the fighting procedures of Chinese origin (Chuan Fa), based primarily on stroke techniques performed with hands and kicks.
In fact, Ju Kenpo Takeda Ryu combines strike techniques of Chinese origin probably with forms of Japanese antique Jujutsu. The first 3 techniques which are studied in Aikijutsu are Atemi Waza techniques – it means strikes, but the execution manner specific to the AIKI art is much more harmonious. At a basic level, these techniques could be performed as simple strikes, after sliding aside, in order to protect the body from the adversary’s attack.
It is the art of the stick adapted to the height of the waist of the person who handles the weapon. It is a discipline of body and mind which comes fully complete in conjunction with the Aiki-Jujutsu and Iaido.
What the practice of self-defense can bring me?
The practice of self-defense can bring you many benefits, both physical and mental. Here are a few:
- Improved physical fitness: Self-defense training involves various physical exercises and techniques that can improve your overall fitness level, including strength, endurance, flexibility, and agility.
- Increased confidence: Knowing how to defend yourself can give you a sense of empowerment and confidence, which can carry over into other areas of your life.
- Better stress management: Self-defense training can help you learn how to manage stress and deal with difficult situations in a calm and composed manner.
- Greater awareness and alertness: Self-defense training can help you become more aware of your surroundings and potential dangers, which can help you avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- Self-discipline: Self-defense training requires discipline and commitment, which can help you develop greater self-discipline and self-control in other areas of your life.
- Improved problem-solving skills: Self-defense training can help you develop your problem-solving skills and your ability to think on your feet in high-pressure situations.
- Greater sense of community: Many self-defense classes and martial arts schools offer a strong sense of community and support, which can be a valuable source of social connection and emotional support.
History of Takeda ryu Maroto ha arts in Malta
Martial arts in Malta have a relatively recent history, with the first martial arts school in Malta opening in the early 1970s. Prior to that, there was little interest in martial arts on the island, and few opportunities to train in any of the traditional martial arts.
In 1989 Kyoshi Camilleri started his martial arts journey in-house, directly with his father who was a karateka. At the age of 15 years, Kyoshi Camilleri was enrolled in a kung fu school. After nearly a decade in practicing Chinese martial arts, and obtaining the Black sash he was introduced to the Japanese arts in 1998. Training started in Aikijujutsu and Nihon Tai Jitsu contemporarily under a Tunesian Sensei holding the 2nd Dan in Aikijujutsu and 1st Dan in Nihon Tai Jitsu. After 3 intensive years with a regime of 5 days a week of training at the dojo, Kyoshi Camilleri obtained the 1st Dan in Aikijujutsu in Marocco under the Chief Director/Instructor of Marocco [Mazouzi Hanshi 8th dan] and the 1st Dan in Nihon Tai Jitsu in Malta under chief Director/ Instructor of Hungary [Gustav Kyoshi 7th dan]. That was the beginning of the path, as soon after the Malta Aikijujutsu Takeda ryu Association [M.A.T.A] was formed, Kyoshi Camilleri was the first Maltese to be ranked Kyoshi 7th dan in traditional jujutsu -[ Aikijujutsu] and one of the few Maltese Martial artists graded and ranked in different arts. After 33 years of practice, Kyoshi Camilleri is now considered one of the youngest [age-wise] Senior Masters in the Takeda ryu Maroto HA school worldwide.
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