The Art of Jujitsu

A new class has started on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia at the dojo of Aikido of Greater Atlanta, located at:
790 Indian Trail Rd. NW, Suite B-103
Lilburn, GA 30048

Class Schedule is every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Monday’s class is strictly traditional Daito Ryu, whereas Wednesday’s class is “randori“, or grappling training.  For inquiries, please contact:
Robert Silas @ (770)296-7018 or email pobept77@aol.com

If you are looking around Atlanta, Georgia for a place to train Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, we welcome you. Our lineage in Daito Ryu comes from the Takumakai, a branch in Osaka, Japan that was started by the followers of Hisa Takuma. Hisa Takuma received “menkyo kaiden”, or full transmission, from Sokaku Takeda.
Monday’s class is strictly dedicated to learning the traditional techniques of Daito Ryu.

If you fully understand the value of training with an opponent that resists your technique, such as Judo or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, we welcome you. During the Wednesday class, we dive straight into hard-core grappling. Unlike other grappling schools, we place an extremely high value on learning and mastering the basics of Daito Ryu because it improves our grappling ability, whether standing or on the ground.
Just as equally important, however, is how much we stress full resistance in our Judo and BJJ. Learning how to feel what your opponent’s movement will be and how you should react can only be learned through full resistance training. This “body feel” is what really improves our training in Daito Ryu because we now have truthful knowledge on how to apply the techniques, based on “feeling” rather than a willing training partner.

This class focuses on training in very different styles of grappling, or jujitsu, in the same class. The styles taught are:

Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu
Judo
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

It must be stressed that this is not an “Aikido” class, although some elements of Daito Ryu are still present in Aikido. On the same token, this class is not a typical “BJJ” school where students roll hard for the entire class.

If your interest is to learn the predecessor of Aikido and practice a more linear art with a strong focus on joint locks, you will enjoy the Monday class.

If you’re looking for a convenient place to get a great workout and grapple with tough, fully resistant training partners, you’ll enjoy the Wednesday  class.

If you think that you would enjoy learning ancient techniques and modern sport in the same class, then by all means, come and train with us.

A cautionary note: If you’re used to “Aikido” training only, you may not enjoy the Judo/BJJ class because of it’s close-quarter, intimate nature. Conversely, if you love to watch MMA and “roll” with your friends with full resistance, you will most likely not enjoy the Daito Ryu class because of it’s slower pace and attention to strict movements. BUT…if you have an open mind and a desire to learn the old with the new…this is the place for you.

2 Responses to The Art of Jujitsu

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do you think that training with resistance will give you poor technique? Don’t you need to become more fluid in order to get better?

  2. admin says:

    In my experience, and having trained with high level exponents from both sides of the spectrum, I believe that in order to be “soft” or “yielding”, you must first understand what it means to be “hard” or “unyeilding”. If you look at Ueshiba Morihei and Helio Gracie, you can see that they both started off training extremely hard, and only after years of brutal and physical training did they learn to be fluid. My opinion, of course, and this is certainly up for debate. -Robert-

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