The dojo for classical Japanese martial arts „Daito ryu Macedonia – Koryu Dojo“ was founded in March, 2010, dedicated to the study of two traditional koryu schools: Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda-den).
The original intent of Igor Dovezenski was through training other classical Japanese arts to better understand the schools of Bujinkan. Through participation in seminars and contacting other masters that Daito ryu Aikijujutsu had impact on, he finally met the teacher Antonino Cherta, the only non-Japanese shihan for this old samurai art. Fascinated of his knowledge of the school, taught directly in the Hombu Dojo (Daitokan) in Abashiri (Japan), Dovezenski fell in love even more in Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and was immediately accepted for personal student of sensei Cherta.
After the return from the training for instructors in Italy, Igor Dovezenski first opens a section, which during the time grows into a dojo. In 2013, he successfully passes the master title (shodan) and gains the title shidoin (instructor) and shibu cho (leader of a filial) or a representative of Daito Kai for Macedonia. Later on, with a decision of the shihan Cherta, Dovezenski was delegated a task to organize the training and to be responsible for the work of all Daito ryu dojos that are going to start working on the territory of the Balkan Peninsula in the future.
For now, Daito ryu Macedonia is the only dojo for Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda den) in whole Southeastern Europe. As equal member of the European Daito Organization (European Daito Kai), we maintain contacts regularly and organize seminars and intensive trainings with shihan Antonino Cherta.
In the European Daito Organization, Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda-den) are practiced in the same manner as they were practiced in Daitokan.
In the past, the schools were mandatory for the training of all samurai of the clan Aizu and the family Takeda. The thirty-sixth descendant (soke), Tokimune Takeda, wrote in his will the two ryu-ha to be taught jointly under the name Daito ryu Aikibudo.
Daito ryu is a complete martial art. Along the bare-hand combat, the students study other Japanese classical weapons: katana, kodachi, yari, bo, tesen, jutte, shuriken, etc.
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