Budo taijutsu (martial
ways of moving the body) is a practical and natural Japanese martial art system
founded in the lore and experiences of the samurai warriors of feudal Japan.
The art explores
techniques, forms, and principals from nine classical Japanese martial art
schools known as ryu in the form of unified natural movement. Principals
covered include striking, grappling, locks, throws, restraints, methods of
escape, the use distance, timing, rhythm, positioning, and human potential
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is
the headmaster and founder of the art, drawing on the classical martial
traditions that he inherited from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu.