Bokuyōkan

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Bokuyōkan Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu
(牧羊館大東流合気柔術)
Family crest of the Takeda clan.
Date foundedc.1995
Country of originJapan Japan
FounderKatsumi Yonezawa (米沢 克巳 Yonezawa Katsumi, May 6, 1937–November 27, 1998)
Current headHiromitsu Yonezawa
Arts taughtAiki-jūjutsu
Ancestor schoolsDaitō-ryū Kōdōkai

Bokuyōkan (牧羊館), a school of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, is a Japanese martial art founded by Katsumi Yonezawa (1937–1998).[1] This school descends from the school of jujutsu founded by Takeda Sokaku.[2] One of Sokaku's senior students, Horikawa Kodo (1894–1980),[3] founded the Kōdōkai school of Daitō-ryū in 1950 in Kitami, Hokkaidō.[4] After receiving a 7th dan grading through the Kōdōkai and acting as one of the organization's senior teachers, Katsumi Yonezawa founded his own organization, the Bokuyōkan.[1] This organization is currently headed by his son, Hiromitsu Yonezawa.

Founder[edit]

Katsumi Yonezawa founded his own Daitō-ryū organization, the Bokuyōkan in Muroran, Hokkaidō, and was one of the first teachers to bring Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu to Mexico, the USA and Canada while still a senior teacher at the Kōdōkai.[1]

Affiliated Schools[edit]

The Bokuyōkan is currently run by his son Hiromitsu Yonezawa from Hokkaidō with a following at the Yonezawa dojo and additional branch dojos in the USA.[5] An additional branch of Bokuyōkan is in Germany at Shinki Dojo.[6]

Controversy[edit]

While teaching abroad, in North America, Yonezawa awarded a considerable number of Hiden Mokuroku scrolls denoting mastery of the first level of Daitō-ryū's curriculum.[1] Due to this and other philosophical differences, Yonezawa decided to form his own organization, independent of the Kōdōkai.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pranin, Stanley (2006). "Yonezawa, Katsumi". Encyclopedia of Aikido. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  2. ^ Pranin, Stanley (2006). "Takeda, Sokaku". Encyclopedia of Aikido. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  3. ^ Pranin, Stanley (2006). "Horikawa, Kodo". Encyclopedia of Aikido. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  4. ^ Pranin, Stanley (2006). "Kodokai". Encyclopedia of Aikido. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  5. ^ Pranin, Stanley Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai Aikidojournal.com
  6. ^ "Tung, Tim, Bokuyōkan". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

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