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Initially the practice of martial disciplines (bujutsu) served exclusively the purpose of warfare. Later, during the Edo period (1603-1868), bujutsu gradually developed into budo, this means that we practise not to become warriors but to develop our mental and physical capabilities.


In Takeda Ryu Kobilza Ha we teach the following disciplines:




weaponless self-defence


mainly based on throwing and immobilization techniques (not identical with those 20 century styles of Aikido, like e.g. Ueshiba Aikido, derived from Daito Ryu)



fist-fighting method


combines Takeda Jujitsu techniques with Chinese Kempo; comprises hitting, kicking and blocking techniques as well as locks and throws and immobilization techniques



free form of combat


for attacking and defending based on Takeda Ryu Sobudo; basically a method of unarmed combat, however including the use of almost any available weapon if possible; comprises hitting, kicking and blocking techniques, locks, throws, immobilization and transportation techniques, but also tying up and choking techniques



stick-fighting method using sticks/staffs (jo/bo) of different lengths

comprises hitting, kicking and blocking techniques as well as locks, throws and immobilization techniques



the art of handling a sword

quick drawing and precise cutting (including battogiri, real cutting) as well as the strategy are mainly taught here




also named Sobukendo,
part of Takeda Ryu swordsmanship,
comprises strategic fencing exercises, which also include throws, as well as ancient Kenjutsu (Tachikendo)



fighting method using short sticks

part of Takeda Ryu Jodo, comprises hitting, kicking and blocking techniques as well as locks, throws, immobilization and transportation techniques



the art of throwing spikes

in the Takeda style
mainly used in combination with the sword, therefore taught as part of Iaido on the upper level



budo medicine

traditional methods of first aid but also knowledge of kyusho (vital points) and more


ISTB represents a concept of a budo practice that is reflected by the designation “Sobudo” (complete budo), i.e. the comprehensive training of all of a school’s martial disciplines. However, this is not a must for our members but an offer to them; they may choose either a single discipline or any combination of two or more disciplines from our budo.


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Under the leadership of headmaster Kobilza, the budo practice within the ISTB stands out for its clear training concept and extremely well developed training methods, achieving a high degree of proficiency; it is based on three main components:

  • KATA, formal exercises (previously determined training sequences)
  • RANDORI, free-fighting training
  • SHIAI, competition


Beside the fact that we practise budo simply because we like to practise budo, the objective of our practice also is to develop personalities that are capable of mastering with equanimity not only combat situations, but also the general challenges of everyday life by means of


  • an alert mind
  • a sturdy body
  • a strong will
  • a positive approach to life
  • a tolerant attitude
  • kind deads


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