THE NEXT STEP
Starting at the age of 10 with judo, followed by karate, pencak silat, boxing and kung fu, I was quite adept in the martial arts at the age of 20. I invented my first own system, based upon all things learned from the different teachings, and used it wisely in my daily walk through life. At the age of 30 I was introduced to the noble art of Aikido.
Intrigued at first sight, I trained with the Aikikai Amsterdam for a while, then received personal instruction and training from Ian Onvlee Sensei, one of the first aikidokas in The Netherlands. To whom I am grateful for giving me a detailed understanding of the basics of Aikido. With vigor I studied the Aikikai Aikido system, and tried to complement it with Chin Na techniques and Nei Kung. For the next 5 years this was the focus.
One day, a sportschool owner asked me to give an Aikido demonstration. Rather nervously, I asked assistance of a friend, and we gave it our best. We did so well, that I was asked to form an Aikido class at the sportschool. A few months later we were with plenty students and new ones waiting to join. It was a good time.
During this period, I was able to test my skills with teachers in all martial art styles. I was seriously confronted with many strengths and weaknesses of 'my' Aikido. The next step was to adapt the system to alleviate any weaknesses, and obtain optimal effectivity. For the next 4 years I experimented and trained in my Amsterdam dojo with many students and fellow teachers skilled in Kyokushin karate, Seidokan karate, Wado karate, Taekwondo and Nunchaku. Aikido slowly turned into an Aiki-jutsu style system (Aiki-jutsu-do) that proved effective against all mentioned fighting styles.
I was then introduced to the Takeda-ryu Nakamura-Ha of Soke Nakamura and was given the opportunity to train for black belt from the start with the intent to obtain a teacher's diploma as soon as possible. There I learned good basics, strong techniques, and was able to compile a mountain of new ideas. I managed to attend three or four seminars in the next 18 months and I learned a lot from my training sessions with Branimir Tudan, the sole representative of Takeda-ryu for The Netherlands at the time. He was to prepare me for the exam and in 6 months he taught me all the techniques needed for a black belt and a teacher's diploma. In the dojo, I was now focusing on the Takeda-ryu Aiki-no-jutsu techniques (a bit combined with my Aiki-jutsu-do system which most of my students knew well) and trained 3 to 4 times a week (sometimes more) for about 2 years.
The membership to the Takeda-ryu did not last. One problem at the time was that it was very expensive to do. I was unemployed and making only a little with my Aikido class, so travelling across Europe 3 to 4 times a year to attend the 4-day seminars, was quite an expensive hobby (travel, hotel, food, seminar, materials and exam costs). In addition, I concluded that too many high ranking members were nothing when it came to real application of the techniques they were taught. Simply repeating taught techniques does not make you a martial artist, let alone, a master. I decided to take what I learned and proceed to the next step.
Aiki-jutsu-do became the official name of that next step. By combining the strong aspects of Aikido, Takeda-ryu Aiki-no-jutsu and all things gathered from other martial arts, the Aiki-jutsu-do system became a very complete system. Flexible, alert, dynamic, and above all realistic and effective in nature.
The techniques of Aiki-jutsu-do
The manual that will unfold on this Web site will contain all the basic techniques, several advanced techniques (hand-to-hand, stick, take-over, armed attack, and so forth). Some techniques are unique to the Aiki-jutsu-do system having been shaped by Nunes d'Agrella Sensei himself, and several are effective even against the attacks of high ranking martial artists. In this manual everything will be shown quite detailed and many examples are shown using different forms of attack and defense. For the first time in history, will you learn the techniques logically divided into its many parts. The final result will be a truly remarkable martial art manual useful for any martial artist at any level. I wish you lots of enjoyment from the study and the practice of techniques learned here.
Aiki-jutsu-do: The way ('do') of the art ('jutsu') of the harmony of ki ('Aiki')
Peter Nunes d'Agrella Sensei