The Aibudo FAQ’s Page
THE MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEM OF AIBUDO
What is the basic systematic makeup of Aibudo?
The beginnings of Aibudo were born of the system of Bojuka Ryu, by which I studied under the tutelage of Robert Leisure. His instructor and Shihan/SOKE of the system was Eddie G. Stewart. The second in line that I was aware of at the time was Garland Bowers. Bojuka RYU was also an eclectic system as truly most systems of today are.
The individual techniques of Aibudo coming from Bojuka Ryu, and otherwise, have their origins in (in no certain order of relevance):
Han Moo Kwan Tae Kwan Do
American Freestyle Karate
Chito Ryu Karate, White Crane and Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Kodenkan Danzen Ryu Jujitsu
Techniques of American Boxing
Kenpo and Kempo
Generalized and Aibudo Concept Grappling
and the Shinka No Wazas (techniques of my own design, brought about by the trial and error of actual and practical situations of today. If they don't work, they're not here.
Where is the AIBUDO Home Dojo located?
Cambridge City, Indiana
What type of system is Aibudo?
It is an eclectic/combative system.
What do you mean, it is an eclectic system?
It is a system utilizing the best of several systems and individuals, combined with the research and design of my own (Shihan Dennis L. Wissler SOKE).
Who or what can you compare the moral philosophies of Aibudo to?
If I had to compare, it would most likely be to Gichin Funakoshi and Tatsuo Shimabuku, although I would rather say that Aibudo has the morals, desires and wishes of myself.
Who or what can you compare the Attitudinal and Situational strategies of Aibudo to?
This is an easy question to answer as it most surely is Shinmen Musashi.
Who or what can you compare the Tactical strategies of Aibudo to?
Although not planned, after doing some further research into the individuals of the martial arts world, I would have to say that our mental and physical fighting strategies mirror very closely those of the late Bruce Lee.
Who are the controlling officers of Aibudo at the present?
Shihan Dennis L. Wissler SOKE
Master Steven Jordan SOKE-DAI
Master Alan Campbell
How many color belt grades are there in Aibudo?
How many black belt grades are there in Aibudo?
What is the minimum time allowed to acquire Shodan (1st Degree Blackbelt)?
Starting at day one, not missing any classes and demonstrating proper leadership ability, how long would it take to acquire an instructor certificate?
Is advancement dependent upon tournament participation?
Does everyone have to perform the "required" techniques exactly the same way in order to advance?
No. As the term "individual" implies, we are individuals and techniques are therefore individually our own. They are modified to work for all in the same situations. I have not seen two people able to do the same technique exactly the same and have it flawlessly function properly. To try and defeat individuality is to cause the demise and purpose of the martial arts. Deception can not be achieved without individuality. Without deception, the ability to win is severely limited.
Is history (tradition) a requirement for advancement in Aibudo?
Yes, to a degree of "you should know what your roots are". An example of how this knowledge can help for the tournament competitor, is to have the ability to look at a known system patch and immediately have some knowledge of what to expect from that individual, both in technique and attitude. It is also very satisfying to watch an unknown individual work their techniques and relate to where their basics came from.
I have witnessed some individuals working their "system" and asked, of what system it is? More than once the answer was: Karate!!!! When an individual in the martial arts, does not even know what system they are training in, they are in the wrong system. Even if the system is of an individuals name, it should be known.
Yes. Kata is a tradition in most martial arts and knowledge of this entity is a must. Also, the physical requirements for doing proper kata is an asset to the serious practitioner.
In Kumite, is contact allowed?
Yes. Dependent upon the technique and area of the strike, light to medium contact is mandatory.
Is physical conditioning (undo) a required part of Aibudo?
Physical conditioning is a very major part of our system.
Of the five ways of developing useable flexibility, which does Aibudo utilize?
Dynamic ("middle of the road"). This very nearly places the plastic flexibility at the same level as elastic. It produces cold flexibility (first thing out of bed in the morning) at almost the same level as when "warmed up".
Being an eclectic system, how are you looked at as being authentic?
We are considered as a maverick or unorthodox system, but respected never the less. We are physically able to compete with most anyone, anywhere, and have an attitude of fairness and worthiness that radiates among our peers.
Do you belong to any outside organization related to the martial arts?
Are you controlled to any major degree by these organizations?
No. We are our own and intend to stay that way. Your system ceases to be, when forced to change or sway away from its roots. An organizations only purpose should be to solidify the individual martial arts systems into a recognized and respected entity.
Are your systems techniques "locked in stone"?
Our methods of defense can be changed at any time if the worthiness is questioned and an alternative is proven to be more effective.
What "traditional" weapons are taught in Aibudo?
Rokushakubo, Tonfa, Sai and Kama
What other weapons are taught?
Short sticks (both singular and dual), knife and club.
What about the shuriken, nunchukas and the like?
The shurikens and. nunchukas are not currently a part of the Aibudo mandated system.
Are there any kata of the Aibudo system itself?
Yes. An empty hand 2nd Dan Kata called Goitsu and a tournament Sai Kata
How many Kata are there apx. in the Aibudo system?
What about the length of the Kata's?
Short to medium in length
Do you have a set of By-Laws to assure of uniformity between instructors and classes?
Are you selective or do you accept anyone who wishes to train and learn your system?
We are a non-commercial and very private system, therefore we are selective on who we allow to train with us on a regular basis. We no longer accept any individual who is actively participating in another system and/or who wishes to train only as a secondary entity. We are proud of our system and expect everyone to put forth maximum effort into our "family". Even when we allow visitors to participate or watch our workouts, we do not work or utilize our most private system techniques. Only the most common and widely known techniques are utilized at this time, but our physical conditioning portion is worked as the norm.
Do you allow any of your students or instructors to teach outside the main dojo?
Yes, but! They must abide by our by-laws and not just randomly teach, show or demonstrate our internal system techniques, unless the student is being taught on a regular basis and is registered within the system.
What is the normal minimum age of which you allow to train in your system?
18 years of age at the home dojo and 5 years of age at the satellite schools.
What happens if an Aibudo participant abuses what they learn within the system?
Most generally they are terminated.
Last Updated October 25 January, 2014