Dennis Wisslers first thoughts of the martial arts came around 1960, when he purchased a paperback book, entitled “Super KARATE Made Easy”. Not much came of it though, as it was an extremely foreign subject in the first place and without being able to train with someone at the same time, made it impossible (or as it seemed).
Dennis Wisslers martial arts training started in 1966 while in the army. Between the discharge in 1969 and 1980, he did not pursue any self-defense activities at all. But in early 1980, Mr. Wisslers youngest son Chad showed some interest in wanting to learn karate. Chad was signed up in classes at a local martial arts training center. But after a short time in the school, Chad lost interest, for one reason or another. As a full month’s dues had been paid and there was still time left before the month was up, Mr. Wissler decided to approach Sensei Leisure and see if he could take the last two weeks himself. Sensei Leisure gave his permission. But I’ll bet that he thought that it was a waste of time for the both of them. For at this time, Mr. Wissler was just getting over a serious industrial accident that had left him blind in the left eye and paralyzed in the left arm and shoulder. There had also been some vision lost in the right eye. Thanks to Sensei Leisure for allowing him to train, he immediately became totally interested in the arts. He therefore signed up for classes month after month. The system of Aibudo is now the result of which would only have been a “dream”, if at all, in the beginning.
The system under which Mr. Wissler trained was called BOJUKA RYU. It was an eclectic system for which the history of is enclosed. Right around the time that he received his 2nd degree Black Belt, Sensei Leisure informed his students that BOJUKA RYU, as a system, in the Midwest was no longer existent. Senior members at the time, were Robert Day, Dennis Wissler, Warren Spears, Kenny Johnson, Dan Weeks and John Combs. No one was to be designated to continue the system as it was. As Mr. Wissler had been teaching BOJUKA RYU in Cambridge City, Indiana, this put him and his students in a bad way. He decided that he had to do something positive to continue his teaching, the students progress and maintain rank recognition in the process. One day while reading a martial arts magazine, he ran across an ad for IKSA. Having no idea what if was all about, he sent for the information. IKSA turned out to be just what was needed, so therefore in August 1985 his school was chartered with them. This association allowed Aibudo to grow in many ways, one of which was the acceptance that Aibudo was a true system and that Dennis Wissler was to be recognized as the SOKE of such. This resulted in the system being what it is today. In 1998, because of some private differences , Aibudo quietly broke active ties with IKSA. Since 1985, he has deleted and added many techniques to develop an eclectic system that is useable to almost anyone, anytime. It is a very effective and respected system to anyone who has had to compete against it. The “internal system basics” are such that a student of the system becomes very effective within a few weeks of training. Constant upgrades, changes and additions have been made since the beginning and other changes are expected to be made as time goes along. A system is only as good as the members and if the majority of members are not able to perform in the system, changes have to be made to mold them together as “One” (Goitsu).
NOTE OF IMPORTANCE
Even though Bojuka Ryu was the foundation of Aibudo, the postures and techniques; have drastically changed and in most cases are much different in their execution to afford the “luxury” of being more at ease, in the knowledge that complete patience wins over brute force. The chapter “Mind Set” in the Aibudo book “Deny by Accepting” and “Martial Arts, The Way” explains this in a greater degree, as to the mental aspect of accomplishing this end result.