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The art of gathering and combining forces.
Initially the art of aiki (Aiki no Jutsu) was the spiritual and strategic basis of the Takeda Ryu martial arts. Later a special weaponless martial art was developed; it was first called Aikijutsu and now Aikido. Today there are a lot of Aikido schools and organizations in and outside of Japan, but Takeda Ryu Aikido is the source of all Aikido and Aikijutsu styles.
Shinkendori, a very difficult defence against the sword executed with bare hands, is a part of our Aikido teaching. Even a small lack of concentration can cause very bad injuries; therefore highest concentration and real mastery are required here.