M Kiyoshi Takeuchi
Master Kiyoshi Takeuchi
In 1985 Shihan Kiyoshi Takeuchi started Karate at the Saitama branch of the International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan (Now called as the headquarters of Kyokushin Karatedo Renmei, Kyokushin-Kan International). He learned Karate directly from Kancho Royama as well as senior students who were eventually going to be Shihans at Kyokushin. Shihan Takeuchi has acquired a Karate black belt at Kyokushin. He has also obtained a Judo black belt at Kodokan and the first dan of Battodo at the headquarter of the International Battodo Federation, Nakamura Ryu Battodo, and the 2nd dan at Virginia dojo. In 2005 he was appointed Shihan by Fuji Ryu Taijutsu Butoku-Kai.
In 2007 he came to New York by himself to disperse Fuji Ryu Taijutsu throughout the United States and European Countries. He has established the U.S. Branch of Fuji Ryu Taijutsu in New York City. He has trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA at Renzo Gracie Academy. He received Black Belt from Master Renzo Gracie.
He has been traveling for seminars and demonstrations in Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, France, Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia and Dallas, New York, Boston, New Hampshire, Colorado, Oklahoma, Houston, New Jersey and Connecticut in the United States.
In 2011 he finally made a return to Japan after being abroad for 4 years. There, he has jointed Hiko Ryu Taijutsu, which is founded by his Sensei, Grand Master Tanaka. Then, he has come back to New York and has started to disperse Hiko Ryu Taijutsu. He is the fifth dan Renshi of Hiko Ryu Taijutsu black belt, the highest rank of black belt that Grand Master Tanaka has given for Hiko-Ryu and Fuji-Ryu students.
Hiko Ryu Taijutsu is based on Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Self-Defense techniques and it also includes sword, long stick and Japanese knife techniques as an absolute martial art which is rooted on the ancient Samurai fighting style in the battlefield. We have two different main programs, Taijutsu and Weapons.
Taijitsu is an empty-hand combat system for when a Samurai loses his weapons such as spear or katana during a fight. It is an extremely practical method of protecting yourself from possible dangers in real life even Today. The main practice will be takedown techniques, joint-locks, ground techniques, punches, kicks, blocks, breakfalls and zen meditation to build basic physical fitness. As you go to higher level, you will start practicing knife-attack, stick-attack and sword-attack defenses.
The techniques of Hiko Ryu Taijitsu has been used for the training of the Philippine National Police SWAT, and the Narcotics Suppression Bureau Royal Thai Police, which fights against one of the largest drug rings in the world. Originated from Japan, Hiko Ryu Taijitsu is created from the essence of traditional and modern Japanese martial-arts. Our system is very simple. We have designed the system so that it is easy to learn for both men and women of all ages and physical abilities, even if you don't have any previous martial arts experience.
Hiko Ryu Taijutsu promotes and teaches self defense, self control, confidence, humility, diligence and a quest for knowledge.
We are excited to have shihan Takeuchi at this years event! He has a long history with the GOE. His instructor Koshiro Tanaka, sensei of Fuji Ryu Tai Jutsu taught at the 2001 Gathering of Eagles along with Chosei Motobu, sensei and Takeji Inaba, sensei from Motobu Ryu Karate.
Hiko Ryu Taijutsu is a complete martial art system rooted in ancient Samurai history and drawn directly from the experience of fighting on the battlefield. It includes empty-hand, sword, long stick and knife techniques. Training is divided into two major categories: Taijutsu and Weapons.
Taijutsu is an empty-hand combat system created for situations when a Samurai lost his weapons during a fight. It is an extremely practical method of protecting oneself in real-life situations.
- The fundamentals of training include takedown techniques, joint-locks, ground techniques, punches, kicks, blocks, break-falls and meditation to develop physical and mental fitness.
- As training progresses, students learn how to protect themselves against attackers wielding knives, sticks and swords.
- Advanced students learn how to target pressure points throughout the body to maximize the effect of their techniques.
Weapons training is divided into sword, long stick and knife techniques.
- The Japanese "Kodachi" sword is used to practice sword techniques along with a series of "Taisabaki" movements to dodge the attacks. The Kodachi is easy to handle during training and very useful for making quick movements because the blade is short.
- For long stick practice, we use a "Shishi-Bo" which is about 5 feet long. A Shishi-Bo can be used to make wide, swinging movements or spear-like thrusts.
- A Traditional Japanese "Tanto" is used to practice knife techniques.
Numerous combinations are taught throughout training such as knife or long stick versus sword, empty-hand vs long stick, etc. The specific methods for holding and using these weapons as well as defending against them have been refined over hundreds of years and are extremely powerful and practical.
This is true self-defense. There are no tournaments, trophies or contests in our practice. There is only the preparation for life-and-death situations through regular training in the true spirit of "Budo" under the guidance of an accomplished Master.