Development of Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu
Compared to other martial arts like Karate or Kobudo Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu is a very recent style. Shihan Jhonny Bernaschewice started to train different martial arts (Karate, Judo, Aikido, Ju-Jitsu) in 1964. Over the years and due to the experiences he made Shihan Bernaschewice developed his “Chi Ryu”.
It must be considered a traditional art due to Shihan Bernaschewice’ background. The exposure to other martial arts like Karate, Judo, Aikido, Ju-Jitsu, Hakko-Ryu, Daito-Ryu and Iaido provided Shihan Bernaschewice with a fundamental insight into martial arts. From this exposure he developed Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu as a synthesis of the different arts he has been practicing.
Since 1983 he has been teaching Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu both at his Hombo Dojo and at seminars worldwide.
Foundations of Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu
Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu is the art in which Shihan Bernaschewice united his skills and knowledge of almost 40 years of experience in martial arts. It is characterized by its unique movement patterns and its precise and dynamic techniques retrieved from different martial arts like Karate, Judo, Aikido, Daito Ryu Aiki-Jitsu, Hakko Ryu, Iaido, Kendo and Okinawa Kobudo as well as from Shihan Bernaschewice’ studies in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Acupuncture. Many instructors have influenced Shihan Bernaschewice in the development of those patterns and techniques, among them well known Japanese, Okinawan and European masters (for further reference see the personal page of Shihan Bernaschewice).
Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu is a effective synthesis of kicking, punching, hitting, throwing and strangling. Traditional weapon techniques (from Ken-Jitsu or Iai-Jitsu) form the fundament for many techniques found in the Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu programme. It is due to this explanation that Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu has to be considered as a unique traditional martial art compared to many other recent arts.
Besides the study of the technical programme a lot of attention is payed on Kihon techniques like Ukemi waza, Tai sabaki and Atemi waza. The study of Kihon waza often goes hand in hand with the study of Kata. Not only are students of Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu educated in the Kata of the system (Chi Ryu Kata Dai Ichi) but many other Kata’s (Nage no Kata, Shinto no Kata, Kime no Kata, Suwari waza Kata, Seitai Iai Gata etc.) are studied as well. The system puts much emphasis on body control and technical perfection. Students of Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu have to train intensively in Kihon waza, Kata and the technical programme to gain the technical perfection that this art asks for.