LEIDEN STUDY GROUP
ABOUT THE STUDY GROUP
This is a group based in Leiden, Netherlands, for the study of the body organisation which underpins correct movement and power generation in traditional Japanese martial arts. Our “internal strength” study follows the Aunkai Bujutsu training method developed in Japan by Akuzawa Minoru Sensei.
As this method of training does not rely on conventional muscular strength but on a set of exercises to progressively develop whole body connection, alignment and power, it is open to anyone who has an interest in the subtleties of internal martial arts and their numerous practical applications regardless of their background or level.
Photo by Pierre Sivisay
WHAT IS AUNKAI BUJUTSU
Akuzawa Sensei began practicing martial arts at a very young age. He has extensively studied a variety of traditional and modern Chinese and Japanese martial arts, including Hsing I/Xing Yi, Tai Chi, Sanda, Yagyu Shingan Ryu, Daito Ryu Aikijutsu, and others, and gained extensive and successful competition experience. Over time and through periods of intensive and personal study with highly skilled teachers, Akuzawa Sensei has turned his focus away from the training of forms and techniques, to focus on a specific type of body conditioning that enables techniques to emerge freely at any given moment.
The method is divided into three complementary parts:
Solo Tanren to create the frame of the body and internal connections
Partner training (Kunren) to get feedback on the frame created
Watch this video to learn more about Aunkai and its founder Akuzawa Minoru Sensei:
Every Wednesday 19:00 - 20:30
During School Term
Basisschool Lucas van Leyden
Sint Ursulasteeg 28
2312XA Leiden, The Netherlands
Park De Bult
2314XN Leiden, The Netherlands
Contact us to book your free trial class!
Photo by Pierre Sivisay
All instructors are experienced martial arts practitioners and are direct students of Aunkai's founder Akuzawa Minoru Sensei and his senior Aunkai "Hanshi" instructors (Manabu Watanabe, Robert John), and regularly attend their international seminars or invite them for special worskshop in Leiden (see Seminars section)
1st Dan Aunkai Bujutsu
4th Dan Iwama Shinshin Aikido
3rd Dan Kendo
2nd Dan Iaido (Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei)
1st Dan Iwama Shinshin Aikido
With Aunkai founder Akuzawa Minoru Sensei during the intensive seminar in Switzerland, August 2019
With Robert John Hanshi, Leiden, Netherlands, September 2023
With Robert John Hanshi and Manabu Watanabe Hanshi, Leiden, Netherlands, September 2022