Kawanabe Aiki-Budo is based on traditional Japanese martial arts, encompassing Aiki-Budo (derived from Aiki-jujutsu), Nihon Jujitsu, Hachiriki concepts and Hachi-ken.
Soke Kawanabe Kenjiro, Hanshi, 89 years young, 10th Dan ShotoKan-ryu Karate-Do, Shin’ei Taido and founder of Hachiriki-ryu Karate-Do, is one of the last great grandmasters who studied directly under, and was a senior student of, the father of modern karate and Shotokan-ryu’s founder, Funakoshi Gichin Sensei. Soke Kawanabe also studied extensively under Inoue Hoken Sensei, master of Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujutsu, co-founder of Aiki-Budo and Aikido with his uncle, Morihei Ueshiba, and the founder of Shin’ei Taido; Okuyama Tadao Sensei, noted Shotokan-ryu and ken Master, and the author of the Kotodama Tsurugi, a treatise based on the Hachiriki [eight powers or forces]; and Okuyama Ryuho Sensei, master of Daito-Ryu aiki no jutsu and founder of Hakko-ryu jujutsu.
Hanshi Laurie Gray, Kawanabe Sensei’s Australian representative and Saiko Shihan for Kawanabe Budo Australia, recently celebrated his 52nd year as a martial artist. He is graded to 8th Dan in Shotokan-ryu Karate-Do, 2nd Dan in Goju-Kai Karate-Do, and 5th Dan in Aiki-Budo, which he has studied for the past 25 years. He travels to Japan on an annual basis to train one-on-one with Kawanabe Sensei at the Kawanabe Budokan in Tokyo.
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