What Is Aikibudo?

AIKIBUDO is a Japanese term used to describe traditional budo or warrior arts rooted in the principles of “Aiki”;  with “ai” meaning harmony; “Ki” meaning life force or vital life force energy, “Bu” meaning “martial or military” and “Do” meaning “Way” or “Path”.
Aikibudo is the warrior’s way of the bringing him or herself into harmony with boundless spiritual life force energy.
The art of Shiseikai Aikibudo incorporates concepts drawn from the koryu bujutsu of Daito Ryu Aiki-jujutsu (feudal era Japanese samurai combatives). While preserving its Japanese cultural origins, Aikibudo focuses on dispelling the mysticism which is usually associated with martial arts that trace their roots back to the kobudo. Stylistic influences include, but are not limited to; Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu (sword-based fighting concepts), Iaido, Yagyu Shingan-ryu, Kito Ryu Jujitsu, Hakko Ryu Jujitsu, Nippon Kempo Jujitsu (full-contact kumite), Wado Ryu Karate, Shorinji Kempo, Aikido, and Kodokan Judo.
The koryu bujutsu is a Japanese term used to describe the fighting arts in use during Japan’s feudal era beginning around the 15th century and ending in the late 19th century. They were systems developed exclusively for combat battlefield efficiency, utilizing a wide range of deadly weapons or empty hand. Koryu bujutsu arts were practiced by the professional military class rather than the civilian population.

KEVIN JAMES | Chief Instructor
SHIHAN (師範), Exemplary Master Instructor in the martial art of SHISEIKAI AIKIBUDO as certified by the Shiseikan Budoju Honbu of Minatoku-Tokyo, Japan of which Kevin James is an official representative to the United States.


Kevin James is the highest ranking student and longtime assistant instructor to Kaichi Tei (1911-2006). Kevin James is the successor and heir of Kaichi Tei’s Aikibudo system.
Kaichi Tei was a 19th century proponent of Daito Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu holding the earned rank of Kyoju Dairi (international teacher’s license) awarded directly from Sokaku Takeda, the 35th generation inheritor of the art. Grand Master Kaichi Tei was also an 8th dan in Kodokan Judo. He is listed in the year 2,000 Aikido Encyclopedia Journal Hall of Fame.