Sensei Howard Popkin began training in Goshin Budo Jujitsu in 1979. He had training with many top Jujitsu instructors in the USA, but it was the Daitoryu Kodokai of Roy Goldberg and Kiyama Hayawo that he found most interesting.
Daitoryu Aikijujitsu is the parent art to many popular arts. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba was a long time student of Daitoryu, as were the founders of Hakkoryu, Shorinji Kempo, Hapkido, and many other popular modern arts.
Howard began studying Daitoryu Aiki Jujutsu Kodokai, in 1986 until 1992. He later began with Okamoto Seigo Shihan at Daitoryu Aiki Jujutsu Roppokai.
In 1998, Howard Popkin met Joe Brogna and discussed a dojo partnership.
Howard was dedicated to studying with Okamoto Seigo Shihan, and travelled to Japan 35 times to study, including a 3 month stay in 2000. Okamoto visited the New York Branch of the Roppokai 3-4 times per year for extended training.
Sensei Popkin established new branches of the Daiti Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Roppokai.
In 2009, Howard Popkin, went to Massachusetts to a seminar with Dan Harden. He realized that Dan's art was essential and officially began training with him.
In October 2010, Sensei Howard Popkin and Sensei Joe Brogna resigned from the Roppokai, and began laying the foundation for Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu Ginjukai.
Joseph Brogna and Howard Popkin founded the Daitoryu Aikijujitsu Ginjukai to continue the traditional teaching and training of Daitoryu Aikijujitsu as taught by Okamoto Seigo, and also the internal power concepts of Dan Harden.
Daitoryu Aikijujitsu is a powerful system for self defence that uses connected body mechanics and soft movements to unbalance at the moment of contact.
The core of Daitoryu, is Aiki that offers skills that should interest martial artists. Aiki makes it possible to unbalance, redirect, and take control of an attacker, while using little or no muscular strength.
Sensei Howard Popkin has achieved the following ranks...
Howard Popkin Sensei Powerful Demonstration
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