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1. Aiki Jujutsu
This is the Japanese martial arts title, Daitō-ryū Aiki-Jūjutsu.
If you want this title, you probably already know enough about the meaning.
If not, here's the Wikipedia entry: Daitō-ryū Aiki-Jūjutsu.
柔術 has been somewhat incorrectly spelled and pronounced "Jujitsu" for some time in the English-speaking world. The correct Japanese Romaji is Jujutsu or Juujutsu.
A little background on the word: By combining the Kanji pronounced "Ju" (which means flexible, pliable, gentle, yielding) with the Kanji pronounced "Jutsu" (which means art, or technique), we get a meaning that can be translated as "flexible technique", "gentle art" or "yielding technique".
柔術 does make sense in Chinese as well, although pronounced, "rou shu" in China.
The Jujutsu system has a history in Japan that started well-before the 1600's. Some see this style as a variation of the "Empty Hand Method" (Karate-do). Even the samurai of old used some Jujutsu methods in defending themselves with their unarmed hands against weapons that could pierce their heavy armor.
There are convoluted relationships between various schools and systems of martial arts but it's generally accepted that Jujutsu led to the development of Judo and a few other variations.
大東流合気柔術 is Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, a Japanese martial art established by Takeda Sōkaku.
The most famous student of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu is Morihei Ueshiba who later founded the school or branch of martial arts known as Aikido.
Note: 大東流合気柔術 can also be romanized as Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu, Daitou-ryuu Aiki-Juujutsu or Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujitsu.
Aikikai is the original school of Aikido.
Several organizations use this title. The first was established in Japan in 1940 (The Aikikai Foundation or 財団法人合気会).
The only difference between this title and Aikido is the last character "kai" which means club, group, fraternity, organization, or assembly.
Note: This title is often romanized with a dash like this: Aiki-Kai.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Aiki Jujutsu||合気柔術 / 合氣柔術|
|ai ki juu jutsu|
ai ki ju jutsu
|Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu||大東流合気柔術|
|dai tou ryuu ai ki juu jutsu|
dai to ryu ai ki ju jutsu
|juu jutsu / juujutsu / ju jutsu / jujutsu||róu shù / rou2 shu4 / rou shu / roushu||jou shu / joushu|
|dai tou ryuu ai ki ju jutsu|
dai to ryu ai ki ju jutsu
|Aikikai||合気会 / 合氣會|
|ai ki kai / aikikai|
|Bushi-Ryu Jujutsu||武士流柔術||bu shi ryuu ju jutsu|
bu shi ryu ju jutsu
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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