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Aiki Jujutsu Master Seigo Okamoto Sensei "

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Seigo Okamoto was born on 10th February 1925 in Yubari City, Hokkaido. He began his studies with Master Kodo Horkawa in 1963 in Hokkaido.

He received his 7th dan rank in 1974, and was promoted to shihan by Horikawa in 1978.

He separated from the Kodokai to found Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai after moving to Tokyo in 1977. The technical syllabus of the Roppokai is very different from the traditional techniques of Sokaku Takeda.

Seigo Okamoto's art focuses on quickly executed aiki techniques with a minimum of body movement.

Okamoto is the author of two books and two videotapes on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and travels regularly to Denmark and Italy to conduct seminars.

Morihei Ueshiba developed the martial art of Aikido from his combat studies of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Sokaku Takeda, and his spiritual studies with the Omoto Kyo and Onisaburi Deguchi. Aikido focuses on harmony and non-resistance, leading to Aikido Success

Seigo Okamoto Shihan
Daito-Ryu AikiJujutsu Master

There are several interesting videos on youtube of Seigo Okamoto. Some of them show fast aiki techniques from grabs. Okamoto appears to quickly take control of his attackers.

In my opinion, it appears that some of his uke's tend to exaggerate the effects with grunts of surprise. But please bear in mind, of course, that it's difficult to criticise someone who you haven't received technique from ;)

I have one of his technical dvd's, which includes excellent wrist and body movements practise that can certainly help Aikido students in their studies.


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