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To fully understand Daito-Ryu, you need to understand Japanese history.
Japan has a history that dates back thousands of years. Most scientists believe the Japanese people descended from many groups that migrated to the islands from other parts of Asia, including China and Korea. (As early as 4500 B.C., the Japanese islands were inhabited by fishermen, hunters and farmers. )
This early culture was known as "Jomon," which meant "cord pattern." That's because the people made pottery decorated with rope-like designs. Scientists believe a caucasian-like race called the "Ainu" were the first inhabitants of what is now Japan. The Ainu still exist today, mostly in the northernmost islands of Japan called "Hokkaido."
The next major Japanese cultural changed occured about 200 B.C. The people were known as "Yayoi." The Yayoi were mostly farmers. Scientists believe the present-day Japanese closely resemble the Yayoi in appearance and language.( It is believed that they were a blend of Chinese and Korean )
War played a central part in the history of Japan. Warring clans controlled much of the country. A chief headed each clan; made up of related families. The chiefs were the ancestors of Japan's imperial family. The wars were usually about "land." Only 20% of the land was fit for farming. The struggle for control of that land eventually gave rise to the Samurai.
The ancient Japanese lived in a tribal society. Japan was divided into several "clans" or "uji", ruled over by a chieftan or the "Uji No Kami." ( Kami means divine or divinely inspired)
Each clan worshipped a particular Kami or divinity ( similar to a "God" ) and whenever a clan conquered another clan, that clan's particular kami would be made subject or over-ridden by the kami of the conquering clan .
Although Prince Shotoku tried to organise a central government, the division among clans due to their particular worship and obedience to their particular kami made the countries governmental interaction impossible.
One of the important dates in the history of the Japanese warring class is 660 B.C. That's when, according to legend, Jimmu Tenno became head of a confederation of warlike clans. Tenno was known as "The Divine Warrior." He led his people from Kyushu to the Kinki region and conquered the people there. Tenno settled in the area of Yamato. This eventually gave rise to the Yamato dynasty and state.( and where the term Yamato-Ryu originated)
The leaders of the Yamato believed themselves to be of divine origin. because during the Taika era ( 645-694) The religion of SHINTOISM was adopted by the emperor Jimmu who proclaimed himself to be a direct descendant of the supreme sun-god, Amaterasu, and what is known as TENNOISM was created . (" Tenno" means "emperor " in the Japanese language )
note * One has to understand that SHINTOISM was an intrical part of the Samurai, Japanese government and the martial arts ! And to not fully understand what SHINTOISM was and still is today, will give you an incomplete picture of the art of Daito-Ryu.( because both are parts of the whole ! )
Since the Sun godess "Amaterasu" is the "supreme God of Shintoism" ( and considered supreme over all the kami or "Gods" of the Japanese clans !) it was natural that the personal representitive of Amaterasu would have dominence over all the leaders of these other clans and their "kami" or "gods".
Basically, SHINTOISM is the religious belief that GOD is the Power or Force that creates change in the universe, and it can be present in many forms and objects on our world, but, all the energy/force or power on earth comes directly from the SUN, and the worship of the SHINTO Gods is the reverrence for the SUN firstly, followed by all other objects which contain energy/force or power derived from it !
They refer to these containers of energy as "Kami" or "divinity", and this religious idea was also accepted by many races or culures throughout history of mankind , such as the egyptians, aztecs and many african tribes .
If you understand that to the Japanese, GOD was FORCE or POWER or ENERGY ( they referred to it as KI or CHI or KAMI ) then you can better relate to the way the Samurai lived in the fuedal era ! ( And why, the TENNO or EMPOROR was revered as being GOD - LIKE himself, being thought to be the personal representive of the SUN GOD herself, and the only person able to be able to communicate with her personally )
The national convertion to Shintoism created the oppertunity for the chieftains to organise the government of Japan under one central governing body and authority.
Of course ! since there were many chieftains representing many clans, occasional minor wars erupted as these chieftains fought for the ultimate authority over theirs or all the other clans, but after Shintoism was adopted as the national religion of Japan, the Emperor had final authority of all these clans.
NOTE * Tennoism is the rule by the Emperor who acts as a spiritual medium between the clans and the God Amaterasu ( this type of Japanese rule had lasted from 660 AD to 1945 , and it still plays a prominant part in modern Japanese governmental proceedures )
The Yamato clans conducted many military campaigns on the Asian mainland. The targets included Korea and China. These campaigns led to the importation of Korean and Chinese culture, technology and martial arts.
Legend says that Emperor Keiko was the first person with the title of "Shogun." The word meant "Barbarian-subduing General." Legend continues that Keiko had a son named "Prince Yamato." He was cunning, fearless, strong and a great martial artist. Many believe that Yamato was a role model for future Samurai.
Ancient Yayoi warriors developed weapons, armour and a code during the ensuing centuries that became the centerpiece for the Japanese Samurai. ( They were the forrunners of the future SAMURAI CLASS of Japan.)
Early weapons included bows, arrows and swords. Armour included a helmet that protected head and neck, a breasplate that protected the chest, arm and shoulder protectors, and a belly wrap. Later armour included protection for the legs and thighs. Armour changed as the type of battles changed.
A big change occured in the 5th century when horses were introduced to Japan. This led to the transformation of the military into a unified force with newly developing battle stategies being fomulated at a fast pace.
Another change occured in the 15th century because of the constancy of war and the introduction of guns into battle. ( Guns were introduced to the Japanese by the Portugese sailing vessels on their Asian trading routes which included China and Japan ! )
The code developed from the Chinese concept of the "virtues of warriors doing battle" to the Japanese code of chivalry known as Kyuba no michi ("The Way of Horse and Bow") were combined to create the Bushido ("Way of the Warrior") code.
"Bushido" means "Way of the Warrior." It was at the heart of the beliefs and conduct of the Samurai. The philosophy of Bushido is "freedom from fear." It meant that the Samurai transcended his fear of death. That gave him the peace and power to serve his master faithfully and loyally and die well if necessary. "Duty" was a primary philosophy of the Samurai.
The Samurai ( or stalward Warrior) rose out of the continuing battles for land among three main clans: the Minamoto, the Fujiwara and the Taira.( each being comprised of hundreds of different families)
The Samurai eventually became a class unto themselves between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D. They were called by two names: Samurai (knights-retainers) and Bushi (warriors).
Some Samurai or Bushi were related to the ruling class. Others were hired men. They gave complete loyalty to their Daimyo (feudal landowners) and received land and position in return. Each Daimyo used his Samurai to protect his land and to expand his power and rights to more land.
The Samurai became expert in fighting from horseback and on the ground. They practiced armed and un-armed combat. The early Samurai emphasized fighting with the bow and arrow. They used swords for close-in fighting and beheading their enemies.
Battles with the Mongols in the late 13th century led to a change in the Samurai's fighting style. They began to use their sword more and also made more use of spears and naginata. The Samurai slowly changed from fighting on horseback to fighting on foot.
The Samurai wore two swords (daisho). One was long; the other short. The long sword (daito - katana) was more than 24 inches. The short sword (shoto - wakizashi) was between 12 and 24 inches.
The Samurai often gave names to their swords and believed it held the "soul" of their warriorship. The oldest swords were straight and had their early design in Korea and China.
The Samurai's desire for tougher, sharper swords for battle gave rise to the curved blade we still have today.
The sword had its beginning as iron combined with carbon. The swordsmith used fire, water, anvil and hammer to shape the world's best swords. After forging the blade, the sword polisher did his work to prepare the blade for the "furniture" that surrounded it.
Some early swordsmiths used human blood from brave warriors killed in battle in the tempering process in hopes that it would give the sword the "soul" of that dead samurai. ........( which is why the samurai treated their swords with such respect and reverence.)
Next, the sword tester took the new blade and cut through the bodies of corpses or condemned criminals. They started by cutting through the small bones of the body and moved up to the large bones. Test results were often recorded on the nakago (the metal piece attaching the sword blade to the handle).
The Minamoto clan eventually developed a unique secret martial art that helped them defeat the powerful Taira Clan. And this secret martial art was was later combined with the fighting art of the AIZU clan to become the forunner of the famous Daito-Ryu system that this page represents..

Some Daito - Ryu Dates of Importance
400's A.D. --- Horses introduced into Japanese fighting.
500's A.D. --- Buddhism arrived in Japan; becomes a powerful philosophy for rulers and warriors.
500's A.D. --- Soga clan dominated the Yamato court.
645 A.D.------Shintoism was introduced to Japan
645 A.D. -----Tennoism was introduced to Japan.
645 A.D. --- Taika Reforms began.
660 B.C.-----Jimmu Tenno became Japan's first emperor and set-up the ruling Yamato state.
665 A.D. ----Weapons and armor developement begins.
702 A.D. --- Taiho law codes established the Great Council of State.
710 A.D. --- Nara rule began with first permanent capital.
781 A.D. --- Emperor Kammu came to power and moved capital to Kyoto a few years later.
794 A.D. --- Heian period began.
850 A.D. ----Seiwa Tenno began the formation of the basis of Daito-Ryu.
858 A.D. --- Fujiwara family gained control of imperial court.
935 A.D. --- Taira Masakado revolted and proclaimed himself "The New Emperor." Other Samurai leaders exerted their influence across the land and changed the history of Japan.
1045 A.D.----Shinra Saburo Yoshimitsu ( last grandson of Seiwa Tenno, continues the art of Daito-Ryu along with his brother Minamoto No Hachiman Taro Yoshiie ( 1041-1108)
1180-85 A.D. --- Minamoto Yoritomo takes up arms against the Taira clan in The Gempei War.
1192 A.D. --- Yoritomo became first permanent shogun of Japan and set up his Samurai government in Kamakura.
Late 1200's A.D. --- Mongols invade Japan. The Samurai defeat the Mongols after many years of fierce fighting. The Samurai developed a style of formation combat and depended more on the sword as a primary weapon in battle.
1318 A.D. --- Go-Daigo became the 96th Emperor of Japan. He attempted to overthrow the Hojo regents, but gave rise instead to a new dynasty of Shoguns, the Ashikaga family, who set up their government in the capital city of Kyoto.
1400'a A.D. --- Master swordsmen established schools to teach their style of ken-jutsu.
1467-77 A.D. --- The Onin War saw the decline of the Shogun's power and began the Sengoku Jidai ("The Age of the Country at War") which lasted 150 years.
1542 A.D. --- Portuguese guns were introduced into Japan.
1560 A.D. --- Oda Nobunaga began the process of unifying Japan. Toyotomi Hideyoshi continued the quest after Nobunaga's death.
1573 A.D.-----Kunitsugo Takeda, appointed governor of AIZU castle , and this is where Daito-Ryu was formalized. ( the AIZU clan was joined with the Minamoto Clan )
1592 A.D. --- Hideyoshi invaded Korea on his way to invading China, but died in 1598 before succeeding.
1603 A.D. --- The Tokugawa family began ruling Japan. The regime lasted more than 200 years.
1605 A.D. --- Miyamoto Musashi, Japan's most famous Samurai, began his musha-shugyo (warrior pilgrimage).
1615 A.D. --- Tokugawa Ieyasu drew up the "Buke Sho Hatto" (Rules for Martial Families) before his death. It provided the Samurai with 13 guides for living as a warrior during peace time.
1630 A.D. --- Japan cut its ties with the outside world. (Isolationalism)
1854 A.D. --- Commodore Matthew Perry opened trade between the United States and Japan.
1867 A.D. --- Emperor Mutsuhito regained his traditional powers and took the name Meiji. It was the beginning of the Meiji Restoration.
1968 A.D. ---Emperor Meiji (Mutsuhito) set up his new capital city in Edo (Tokyo).
1868 A.D. --- Emperor Meiji introduced the "Five Articles Oath" which began the dismantling of the Samurai class.
1873 A.D. --- Emperor Meiji established an army based on conscription; an army open to anyone.
1876 A.D. --- Emperor Meiji declared a new law that ended the wearing of swords. The Samurai had lost their profession and their right to wear swords. Their position as a special class ended after almost 1,000 years.
1877 A.D. --- Samurai martial arts lost their status and many Samurai either commited ritual suicide or resorted to a life of crime. ( many simply became bandits )
1880. A.D. ---Many great teachers still taught the elite classes the martial arts privatly.
1882 A.D. --- Young Jigoro Kano founded Judo. * Although he only had a sum-total of four (4) active years of training under an instructor, his position in the department of education allowed him to introduce his new judo into the education system.)
1883 - 1905 A.D. ---Many oldtime jujitsu masters joined with Jigoro Kano in hopes of preserving their arts. ( Some accounts paint a grim picture of exploitation of these great masters by Kano in order to popularise his new Judo !)
Many traditional Japanese fighting methods go underground in order to survive the persecution of the new followers of the Meijjii regime.
1885 A.D.---Tanamo's mother, wife, children and 14 members of his family comit ritual suicide because they heard that he had been executed by the Meijji government for anti-social / rebel acts toward the government. ( which is why Tanamo Saigo went on to adopt Shiro Saigo as his son. )
1891 A.D.--- Masayoshi Sokaku Minamoto Takeda is asked to join the Daito-Ryu by Tanamo Saigo . ( at first he hesitated, but with the dissapearence of the heir apparent, Shiro Saigo, he eventualy took over the Daito-Ryu in 1905 )


(Certified Daito-Ryu Instructors only !)

Saigo-Ha Tekeda-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu refers to the branch/schools of Daito-Ryu headed by Dr.John J.Williams from Canada .


Yamaue-Aiki Budo refers to the branches/schools of Daito-Ryu headed by Soke J.K.Yamaue from Denmark/Japan


The Dai Nippon Daito-Ryu Bujutsu Rengokai refers to the branches/schools of Daito-Ryu headed by Professor Ichikawa and Dr.Hanmura from Japan


The Dai Nippon Daito-Ryu Roppokai referrs to the branches/schools of Daito-Ryu headed by Prof. Okamoto from Japan


The Dai Nippon Daito-Ryu Kodokai refers to the branches/schools of Daito-Ryu founded by Horokawa Kodo from Japan


The Dai Nippon Shuukukai refers to the branches/schols of Daito-Ryu headed by Prof. K. Sogawa from Japan.


The Dai Nippon Takeda-Ryu Aikibujutsu refers to branches/schools of Daito-Ryu headed by Soke Nakamura from Japan


Daito Ryu Gidokai refers to the branch founded by Hideo Hoga-Sensei, student of Mae Kikutaro and Tokimune Takeda.


Daito-Ryu Takedakan refers to the branch/schools of Daito-Ryu which derived directly from the dojo of Tokimune Takeda from Hokkaido. ( and his students )


Daito-Ryu Bokuyokan refers to the branch of Daito-Ryu headed by Shihan Yonezawa from Japan


Professor J.K.Yamaue - Soke
Yamaue Aiki Budo ( 10th Dan)
Kyoto Imperial Palace of Saga
Daikakuji ,
Scandinavian Office
Stadfeldtsvej 10, 2500 Valby
Copenhagen, Denmark
phone : 36 16 14 81
( grandson of Daito-Ryu great Hisa Takuma - Menkyo Kaiden from Sokaku Tekeda )
Member of the WHC, Inc.


Dr.John J.Williams

Yamadera Daito-Ryu Dojo Hombu

Zen Kokusei Shintokai
11761 Canfield Rd, SW
Calgary, AB
Canada T2W 1J6
(403) 238-3341
( inherited Saigo-Ha Tekeda-Ryu Aiki Budo headmastership from Sigung Shen )
Member of the WHC, Inc.


Sensei Murphy Del Cueto
Fujiyama Dojo,
box 20186, Grantham P.O.
St.Catherines, Ontario,
Canada - L2M 7W7
(905) 935-5685
(North American Representitive for the Zen Kokusei Daito-Ryu Bujutsu Rengokai-Japan )


Prof.John Denora
Dairi Kyoju
P.O.Box 159
Mount Laguna
USA 91948-0159
( 619) 473-1031
Daito-Ryu Kenkyukan
(President Daito-Ryu U.S.A.)


Mr. Mike Chinadi-Sensei
Peterborough Budokan
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 7S4
Phone: (705) 743-8957
Daito-Ryu RengoKai

Mr. Calvin Crichton-Sensei
Asian Institute of Martial Arts
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
B2H 3N5
Phone: (902) 928-1194
Daito-Ryu RengoKai

Mr. Randy Thiessen
Fuji Yama Dojo
P. O. Box 20186 Grantham Plaza
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2M 7W7
Phone: (905) 468-5308
Daito-Ryu RengoKai

Professor Miguel Ibarra
ShihanYamabushi Aikijujutsu
Box 667, Bronx, N.y.
USA 10462
Sensei Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Bokoyukan
(USA branch)


Mr. Roy Goldberg-Sensei
3117 Buhre Avenue
Bronx, New York
Fax: (718) 597-8485

Terry Stanton- Sensei
Jun Dairi Kyoju Kodokai
box 2585
Mission, KS, 66201
(913) 631-1865

Prof. Steven Williams
Yamadera Dojo,
Saint Paul , N.B., Canada
(506) 955 - 9488
(designated successor of Saigo-Ha Takeda-Ryu Aikibudo)

Prof. Tim Tung ,
Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu Bokoyukan,
USA branch director
133 Uhland St.East Rutherford,
N.J. , USA
(201) 265-7004


Sensei Joe R. Lansdale
Daito-Ryu Dairi Kyoju
113 Timber Ridge, Nacogdoches,
Texas 75961.USA


Sensei Derek Leblanc
Yamadera Saigo Ha Daito -Ryu Dojo ( Hombu Dojo)
279c Rue Amirault ,
Dieppe N.B.
(506) 383-3006

Sensei George Ford
Yama-Gawa Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu AikiJujutsu Dojo
4745 Dugas,

Sensei Phil Yang
Yamaji Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu AikiJujutsu Dojo
St.John ,
N.B. ,


Sensei Graham Lewis
Shinbeikan Dojo
c/o American Aikijujutsu Federation
#8 Commercial Street Hicksville,
NY 11801
(516) 938-8079
affiliation: Aikido Yoshinkan (IYAF) &
Daito Ryu Bokuyukan (USA Branch)

Shihan John Landry
Yamaguchi Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo,


Andrew Holt
Yamabushi Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo,
Miramichi Community College,
Miramichi, N.B.


Shihan Jean Galli,
President "National Jujitsu Association Of Canada"
Box 932
Terrace, B.C.


Trevor McLean
Fredericton Yamadera Daito-Ryu Dojo
Fredericton, N.B.

Arne Oster
Akerogotan 2


Mr. Maximo Roy Fernandez Rodriguez-sensei
President of the Daito ryu Section of the Cuban Federation of Karate Do
and Related Martial Arts.
Bushi No Shinzo Jutsu Dojo
Calle i, #7507
% E y F
Reparto Siboney
San Francisco de Paula, C. Habana, c.p: 19180


Mr. Paul Wollos-Sensei
Bugeikan Dojo
1705 Bellville 7535
Cape Town
Fax: 27 021 930 8699

Master Instructor Erdogan Senol
Ichiyama Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo
5333/1 Sok. no: 6
Izmir Turkey

Ozer Atac - Sensei
International Chief Instructor
Ichiyama Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo
Izmir, Turkey

Yusuf Odabasioglu- Sensei
Assistant Instructor
Ichiyama Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo
Izmir, Turkey

Walter E. Cooper - Sensei
Assistant Instructor
Ichiyama Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo
Izmir, Turkey

Ender Terzioglu-Sensei
Ichiyama Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Dojo
Izmir, Turkey
Saigo-Ha Tekeda -Ryu ( Daito-Ryu)


Recently, it has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding fully licensed and authorized instructors of traditional Daito-Ryu teaching or running a dojo in Canada, so, to make this very clear, here is the current situation :

In Traditional DAITO-RYU the title of SHIHAN is rarely , in ever, used ( as you know Shihan translates into "teacher of teachers" and is usually awarded to holders of 5th dan & higher in modern arts such as karate . )

Rather, in DAITO-RYU the person is awarded the DAIRI KYOJU or authority to be an instructor'. ( which is required to operate a dojo & teach )

A Dairii Kyoju is a certificate issued to a senior student of Okuden grade ( in rare cases it was issued to Chuden holders of very high skill levels but is not done today. .)

A Daiiri Kyoju translates into " personal representitive of the Soke or grandmaster of a branch of Daito - Ryu ".

A Daiiri Kyoju cannot issue a Dairii Kyoju to anyone under him / her, only the Soke or grandmaster of a ryu can issue a Daiiri Kyoju.

In Daito-Ryu ( traditional or classical ) they do not issue a Shihan Menjo.( some modern branches might do this, but no traditiional branches do, so if your hear some teacher referred to as a Shihan, it is not in Daito-ryu, but most likely some other art ! )

In Canada, there are very few holders of valid Dairi Kyoju certificates in authentic Daito-Ryu. ( or in Takeda-Ryu) and asides from the ones listed here under Saigo-Ha Takeda-Ryu, there is only one other person who holds this license in Canada , and he lives in Ontario. ( There are no known Daito-Ryu "shihans' or Dairi Kyoju in : Quebec , Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland !)

Although some instructors who hold a Shihan Menjo license in other arts also teach Daito-Ryu in Canada, it is wrong to advertize themselves in such a manner as to infer they are actual Daito - Ryu Shihans unless they hold a Dairi Kyoju from a legitimate Daito-Ryu organization and are un-intentionally thinking it means the same thing .

Only the Soke ( grandmaster) of a branch of Daito-Ryu can issue authority to issue ranks and grades above "shoden " ( don't confuse this with the word " Shodan " ) to his students. He or She is the final authority on the matter, and few ever grant this authorization without putting it on paper as a menjo or certificate.

In summation : NO ! There are no licensed and fully qualified Shihans or Dairi Kyoju holders in traditional Daito-Ryu running a dojo or teaching traditional Daito-Ryu in QUEBEC ! * ( That is the province there seems to be some confusion about ) There are two or three instructors of the Shoden level / grade in Daito-Ryu , who are acting as an associate or affiliate for qualified Daito-Ryu Okuden or Dairri Kyoju holders from outside that province, but these affiliates are not qualified to issue rank above Shoden, nor to run an independent Daito-Ryu dojo...( Even though these affiliates might hold a higher rank in other arts, ranks are not transferable to daito ryu as a cross grade, so, they are simply Shoden students allowed, under authority of a legitimate Dairi kyoju in Daito - Ryu, to opereate a dojo and teach Daito - Ryu )

A SHODEN is a beginer who is still learning the first 118 techniques of Daito-Ryu. he/she is equal to a person of the mudasha level of training.( colored belts called kyu, or at best, a first degree blackbelt holder) , and in some cases, mostly due to lack of a qualified instructor in the area, they are permitted to operate a small dojo and teach beginers , but, never, ever, are they considered to be a qualified instructor or allowed to award chuden or higher rank.

If there are qualified instructors of Daito-Ryu teaching in Quebec, ( Daiiri Kyoju or Chuden holders or higher) and they desire to be listed here, all that is needed is a simple photocopy of their menjo sent to us and we will list them...until that point, the readers of this homepage can rest assured that all the qualified instructors of Daito-Ryu in Canada are those we list here.

If anyone needs more information on this matter, please email us and we will explain it all in greater detail.


Official list of
menjo holders in
( under authority of Dr. John J.Wiilliams )
We are listing these students in yudansha ranking, but they are also listed in the traditional Mokoroku Menjo licenses. The traditional grading system of Daito-Ryu
* NOTE * Not all those listed here are licensed or authorized o teach Saigo-Ha Takeda-Ryu ( Daito-Ryu) Aiki jujutsu, nor do they all operate a dojo. !
1...Steven Williams - 5th dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
2...Randy Breau - 2nd dan
3...John Landry - 4rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
4...Robert Levi -3rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
5...Melvin Augustine -3rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
6...Daniel Leblanc - 3rd dan ( Kyoju Dairii)
7...Tim Williams - 4rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
8...Terrance Mazerolle - 2nd dan
9...Ted White - 1st dan
10..Scott Henderson - 1st dan
11...Derek Leblanc - 3rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
12..Robert Goodwin -1st dan
13..Brian Belliveau - 1st dan
14...Travis Fenton - 1st dan
15...Bruce Dowe - 1st dan
16...Mark Bower - 1st dan
17...James Shortt - 1st dan
18...John Williams, Jr - 2nd dan
19...Charle Leblanc - 2nd dan
20...Sam Augustine - 2nd dan
21...Trevor McLean-2nd dan
22...Danny Leblanc - 2nd dan
23...Charles Leblanc - 2nd dan
1...George Ford - 2rd dan * ( authorized to operate an affiliated dojo )
1...Len Ross -1st dan
2...Dan Vienneaux - 1st dan
3...Carey Albert - 1st dan
1...Shawn Tyack - 1st dan
2...Scott Hudley - 1st dan
1...Mike Williams - 3rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
2...Wayne Williams - 3rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju)
3...John Willimas, Jr - 3rd dan (Dairi Kyoju )
1...Jean Galli - 5th dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
2...Rene Dupres - 2nd dan
1...Professor Thomas Burdine - 5th dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
2...Jay Friet - 1st dan
1...Charles Smith - 1st dan
1...John Rubianio - 5th dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
1...Steven Berkowitz - 1st dan
2...Gerald Mendoza - 1st dan
3...William Jacobs - 1st dan
1...Karl Marx - 5th dan Dairi Kyoju
2...Daryl Flood -1st dan
3...Antonio Quinones - 1st dan
1...Greg Syles - 1st dan
1...Paul Bishop- 1st dan
2...Charles Moore - 1st dan
1...Antonio Jenkins - 1st dan
2...Mark Vanboxel - 1st dan
1...Author Cavello - 1st dan
1...Jeremiah Hodge - 1st dan
2...Bob Casper - 1st dan
1...Brian Donely - 1st dan
2...Aaron Cuffy - 1st dan
3...Ronald Vinton - 1st dan
1...Henry Green - 1st dan
1...David Mills - 1st dan
2...Shawn Henry - 1st dan
1...Denis Gillilan - 1st dan
1...Tony Smith - 1st dan
1...Dan Setzer - 1st dan
1...Jose Velez - 1st dan
2...D.Paris - 1st dan
1...C.Richardson - 1st dan
2...Bruce Bianchetta - 1st dan
3...D.Vanwagner I - 1st dan
1...Leslie Fernandes - 3rd dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
2...K.Kothanadan - 1st dan
1...Jim McAllister - 1st dan
2...Tim Deans - 1st dan
1...Ayob Fard - 1st dan
2...Margnus Bargan -1st dan
3...Samaad Fatahi- 1st dan
1...Erdogen Senol - 5th dan ( Dairi Kyoju )
2...Ahmet Kumduraciojtm - 2nd dan
1...Lawrence Kogonegone - 1st dan
1...Jarmo Osterman - 1st dan
1...Jeffrey Bulmer - 1st dan
1...Erich Brandl - 1st dan
2...Jim VanDeVille - 1st dan
1...Robert Kisak - 1st dan
1...JosVan Wassenhove - 1st dan
1...Flavio Masson Carvello - 1st dan
NOTE * One must hold a 4th dan (Okuden) or higher to operate a SAIGO-HA DAITO-RYU DOJO
One must hold a 3rd dan and Dairi Kyujo licenses to teach this art under direction of an Okudan.


Professor Thomas Burdine( 10th dan Soke )
Kokon-Ryu Aikido
919 N. 12th Street
USA 47904
(317) 742-7224
Prof.Burdine registered his branch of Aikido with the WHC in 1989.


Michael E. Hogan
241 Duke St. W, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (519) 570-1215
Offering Ki and Aikido to children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Mail: 113 Elliot St., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N1R 2J9.

Michael E. Hogan
74 Queen St. E, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Offering Ki and Aikido to children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Mail: 113 Elliot St., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N1R 2J9.

Claude Berthiaume
3734 Ave. du Parc
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2J1, Canada
(514) 845-2729
Member United States Aikido Federation - Eastern Region.

Aikido Seishinkai
George Hewson
89 Curlew Dr.
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1A5, Canada
(416) 755-0715
Visitors from all styles are welcome. (Aikikai affiliated.)

Aikido Shugyo Dojo
Fran Turner
56 Langley Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4K 1B5, Canada
(416) 469-4846

Takemusu Aiki Dojo
Gloucester Catholic High School
Burlington & Monmouth Sts.
Gloucester City, NJ 08046
C/O Ralph Yansick
10 Maymont Lane
Willingboro, NJ 08046
Morihei Ueshiba Shihan, (O'Sensei); teacher of Morihiro Saito Shihan, 9th dan, (Iwama Dojo from 1946 to
present-uchideshi of the founder for 23 years; teacher of Vince Salvatore Sensei, 4th dan, (student in the Iwama Dojo from
May 5, 1987 to March 30, 1991 and from March 30, 1994 to present).
During the three year break from March 30, 1991 to March 30, 1994, Salvatore Sensei, started this dojo to promote the
exact "budo" that he learned from Saito Shihan. Technical content is that of Iwama-Ryu Aikido, which includes the
Aiki-Ken and Aiki-Jo, as an integral part of the curriculum.

Takemusu Aiki Dojo is the only dojo in NJ, with a direct link to the Iwama Dojo. We bring our sensei, Vince Salvatore, 4th
dan, back to NJ on a semi-annual basis. This ensures the highest quality in dissemination of the content of instruction,
along with preserving the integrity of our students and instructors.

Instructors are:
Jim Smart, Sandan
Tony Pallante, Nidan
Ralph Yansick, Shodan


Aikido Yoshinkai Canada
Takeshi Kimeda
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1S9, Canada
(416) 585-9602
Head Dojo of Aikido Yoshinkai Canada.
8th dan instructor. Six other area clubs.

British Columbia Aikido Federation (BCAF)
Y. Kawahara
PO Box 19100, 4th Ave. Postal Outlet
Vancouver, BC V6K 4R8, Canada
(604) 432-6770 (voice mail)
Traditional Aikido affiliated with the CAF and Hombu Dojo.
Shihan instructor.

Kingston Ki Society Aikido Club
Rev. Bill Bickford
114 Nicholson Crescent
Amherstview, Ontario K7N 1X1, Canada
613) 384-0423
Classes: W 7-9:30pm, Fri 6-8:30pm. Visitors welcome.

Kootenay Aikido Renmei
Jean-Rene Leduc
Box 1409, Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0, Canada
(604) 353-7482
Under the auspices of Takeda Yoshinobu Shihan.
Classes for adults and children in Nelson and in Kaslo. Visitors welcome.

Mary Heiny
c/o Aikido Today Magazine
PO Box 1060, Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624-7770
6th dan, 27 years experience, instructor, lecturer.

McGill Aikido Club
Daniel Laurendeau
Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Gym
475 Pine Ave. W
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4, Canada(514) 483-3134 / 765-8427
Classes Tu & F evenings. FQA / IAF affiliated. Established 1972.

Melting Rivers Aikido Club
Richard Ostrofsky
797 Somerset St. W
Box 57012
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1Y2, Canada
(613) 236-8198

Montreal Aikikai
Massimo di Villadorata
4804 Rivard
Montreal, Quebec H2J 1N6, Canada
(514) 845-5971
The founding dojo of Aikido in Canada.

Ottawa Aikikai
Don Dickie
425 Rideau St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8P5, Canada
(613) 789-5836
Dojo open daily. Please call between 5:30 & 8:00pm for information.
Visitors welcome!

Sandokai Aikido Dojo
Sam Shahin
843 Palmerston Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6G 2R8, Canada
(416) 530-0417
Adult / Child classes. Tu & Th 6-9pm, Sat 1-4:30pm. Visitors Welcome
Keith Taylor
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
(604) 944-9329
Associated with International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation.

Toronto Aikikai
Bob Zimmermann
58-60 Ritchie Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2J9, Canada
(416) 531-8273
Member United States Aikido Federation - Eastern Region.

Michael J.Lamonica
Eight Lights Dojo
Coply, Ohio, USA

This is a FREE LISTING of registered Daito-Ryu & Aikido instructors ! It will be updated regularly
( Some of the dojo names might not be correct, but will be corrected with the next update )
Please send your name, rank & dojo name so we can make this a reputable reference page ! ( We need the name of your Daito-Ryu organization & copies of your menjos if possible. )

We will list any HAKKO-RYU and HAPKIDO instructors who submit a copy of their diplomas to us for verification.

In keeping with the wishes of Shihan Okamoto from Japan, we will not list any instructors of the Roppokai Daito-Ryu Association on this homepage

In keeping with the wishes of Sensei Kiyama, we will not list him as the instructor of a Kodokai branch on this homepage.

In keeping with the wishes of Soke Don Angier of California, we will not list his instructors or students, and make only a passing remark of his Daito - Ryu ties.

In keeping with standard Japanese Daito - Ryu protocol. we will only list those instructors from Japan who give us authorization.

All efforts are made to verify that these instructors listed herein are 100% authentic and were awarded those ranks/titles listed .

Our goal is to only list instructors or organizations which are authentic Daito-Ryu , Aikido or Hapkido with direct lineage going back to Tanomo Saigo.

We welcome any other names of instructors who should be listed herein.


Here is a listing of all known Daito-Ryu Organizations.
( each has been investigated for authenticity and validity )

effective December 31st, 1997

headed by Dr. John J. Williams, is a national peer-group for Canadian Daito-Ryu practitioners



headed by Professor John Denora, in an American peer group for U.S. Daito-Ryu practitioners



a general Daito-Ryu body representing one Japanese Daito-Ryu organization.


Yamaue-Ryu Aiki Budo Assocciation

This group is headed by Prof.J.K. Yamaue, 10th dan, Yamaue Aiki Budo ( A shinto priest who is the grandson of Daito-Ryu's Hisa Takuma)



This is the group from the USA and is a traditional Daito - Ryu style derived from Yoshii Kotaro, son of Yoshida Kotaro...



This is the branch of Daito-Ryu headed by Dr. John Williams , and is from the Tanomo Saigo- Shiro Saigo - Houei Yamashita - Lin Po- Pok Shen lineage


American Aikijujutsu Federation-USA

This is headed by Graham Lewis from the USA, and consits of Daito-Ryu and Yoshinkan Aikido.


Yamabushi Jujutsu/Aikijutsukai - USA

This is headed by Shihan Miguel Iberra from the USA, and is a combination of Daito-Ryu and aikijujutsu


Goshindo Daito-Ryu Association


This is an American Daito-Ryu organization derived through the Morita lineage and headed by Shihan Girado.

Japanese Organizations

Daito Ryu Gidokai
Founded by Hideo Hoga, senior student of Mae Kikutaro and Tokimune Takeda.

Daito Ryu Rengokai
Headed by Yoshinori Ichikawa, student of Tsunemitsu Ichikawa.

Takedaden Daito Ryu Aiki Budo Formerly headed by the late Tokimune Takeda-soke, son of Sokaku Takeda.
Now headed by Masanobu Takeda. ( son-in-law of Tokimune)

The largest of all main line Daito-Ryu groups


Daito Ryu Kodokai
Founded by the late Kodo Horikawa, long - time senior student of Sokaku Takeda.


Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
Headed by Munemitsu Takeda, ( student of the late Tokimune Takeda) great-grandson of Sokaku Takeda.


Daito Ryu Shimbukan
Headed by Katsuyuki Kondo, senior student of Tokimune Takeda, and only student to recieve the full menkyo Kaiden ( license of full mastery) from Soke Tokimune Takeda )


Daito Ryu Roppokai
Founded by Seigo Okamoto, student of Kodo Horikawa. ( One of the fastest growing group in the USA)


Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu
Headed by Yukiyoshi Sagawa, student of Sokaku Takeda, ( This branch has a very wide arrey of techniques which are both beautiful to watch and awesome in scope )

Daito Ryu Aiki Budo
Headed by Nobuko Takeda, daughter of Tokimune Takeda.

Daito Ryu Bokuyokan
Founded by Katsumi Yonezawa, student of Kodo Horikawa, it has several branches abroad including the USA


Daito Ryu Sei shinkai
Headed by Matsuo Sano and Shigemitsu Kato, students of Tokimune Takeda.


Daito Ryu Shodokai
Headed by Headed by Kazuoki Sogawa, student of Hiro Yamashita, this style is heavy into weaponery , and contains Chinese Atemi-Wasa ( pressure point kenpo strikes to vital targets), very powerful style.


Daito Ryu Renshinkan
Headed by Toshimi Matsuda, student of Sokaku Takeda.


Daito Ryu Takumakai
Founded on the teachings of the late Takuma Hisa, student of Sokaku Takeda. ( Hisa Takuma was one of only two persons to be awarded the fulll Menkyo Kaiden from Sokaku Takeda)


Daito Ryu Tendokai
Headed by Masahiko Terahara, student of Takeshi Maeda and Tetsuo Shima.


Note *

These are not the only legitimate Daito ryu groups currently existing / operating in Japan. There are several private organizations which exist, as well as individual non-affiliated dojos, and some private family dojos which are not open to public instruction.


We urge all legitimate DAITO-RYU or AIKIDO organizations who would like to be listed for FREE, to e-mail us their names, addresses and countries..


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