History of Amatsu

Thousands of years of studies in Japan led to the emergence of a traditional healing art whose purpose was the restoration of the body's ability to heal itself. It was called "The Secret Flower Opening School of the Defence of the Self" (Hicki Buku Goshin Jutsu Ryu). The techniques developed to achieve it's aims include the gentle manipulation of ligaments and the muscular system.

The Amatsu Tatara ( Sky Harbour or Divine Residence) are scrolls which record the basis of Amatsu. They contain a collaboration of martial arts, medicine, philosophy, strategy and religion. Until recently this knowledge was only passed to a few people in each generation.

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the present day head of this tradition. He was born in Noda city on December 2nd, 1931. He is Guardian of the Amatsu Tatara and is the Grand Master of nine martial traditions that stretch back thousands of years.

In the mid 1980's Amatsu reached out to the world when Dr. Hatsumi invited three practitioners of Western Medicine, William Doolan, Dennis Bartram and Chris Roworth, to train with him. They had backgrounds in osteopathy, chiropractic, psychotherapy, hypnosis, physiotherapy and natural medicine. During their training they used Western methods to evaluate the effects of Amatsu and formulated a therapy which was true to Dr. Hatsumi's teaching and yet scientific enough for the Western world.

When they returned home, Amatsu Training Schools were established in Dublin, the U.K and Germany.

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