Takeda Ryu




This style has its origins in the troubled period of the wars among the Minamoto and Taira clans at the beginning of Japan’s history. The Minamoto clan will succeed and will install the first shogun in 1192. One of its descendants is Yoshikyio, the one who will settle in the Takeda village, and name his clan accordingly. The new family will reach its zenith during the rule of the great Takeda Shingen Harunobu(1521-1573). The Takeda school will envelope many martial disciplines:ju jutsu and aiki-jutsu, ju-kempo, iai-do, jo-do, ba-jutsu.In 1575 Katsunori Takeda is defeated in battle, and the military potential of the style will fade away. The war school will divide into two subsections :Daito-ryu in the Aizu province and Takeda-ryu in the Kai province.

Takeda Shingen’s nephew, Kunitsugu, is the one who will transfer the style to the Aizu province, when he sought refuge there. Later, the shogun will demand the Aizu clan to instruct the army and officials in the Takeda style. The Aizu clan will be destroyed in 1869, but the Takeda style survived through Shida Shiro and Takeda Sokaku(1860-1943).

In Europe this style was brought by sensei Roland Maroteaux. The Takeda school is run today by Hisashi Nakamura.

The Takeda school has techniques that are very tough and efficient, their practical appliance is very easy, and with no great physical requirements. Most dominant are the grappling and projection techniques, and the articular techniques are very painful.