The 1st headmaster Keido Yamaue
The IUMA is founded the 20th December 1990 by Soke Keido Yamaue 10th Dan, a Buddhist priest and culture representative of Daishoji Imperial Temple and Saga Imperial Palace. He is born in Japan in 1946 and graduated in Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
It is difficult to say when he started Aiki Jutsu, because he was born in Budo Family. His father taught him Judo and chiropractic techniques, one of his uncles taught him Go Ju Ryu Karate and one of his grandfather s taught him Aiki Jutsu and Aiki Do. Grandfather Takuma Hisa (1895-1979) was a great master of Daito Ryu Aiki Jutsu and the founder of “Takuma-kai” in Japan. Aiki Jutsu was a part of his Budo education in his childhood. Yamaue Aiki Jutsu is related to Takeda Aiki Bujutsu = Daito Ryu Aiki Jutsu. He also practised Shorinji Kempo (Japanese style of Shaolin Kung Fu) and many kinds of Chinese Kung Fu. He is well known in the world as a founder 10th Dan of Nord Shaolin Kung Fu (a new system based on northern Shaolin tradition) and Yamaue Ryu Aiki Jutsu. Soke Yamaue receives several Budo awards, International Hall of Fame awards and recognitions from all over the world every year.
The first honbu dojo was established in Denmark by Soke Yamaue, he is now honorary soke of IUMA.
The 2nd headmaster Johnny Vansimpsen
In 1993 Soke Vansimpsen Johnny 10th Dan, established a IUMA headquarter in Belgium, together with Van Loo Herman, Shihan and De Muynck Stefaan, Shihan. This with the purpose to bring good teachers from everywhere together in IUMA and to have a good contact between the members. All the information about seminars and other activities are collected at the headquarters and send all over the world to our members. IUMA is open to all styles and to all countries.
The present honbu dojo is located in Koersel, Belgium.
The meaning of our MON
The “MON” (symbol) of IUMA is a lotus flower (Hasu) with two leaves. It grows out from the mud and fights his way up to through the water to the water surface. Once above the water surface, the flower stay strong by pushing his leaves to the water surface. After a while it shows his beauty with a beautiful flower. The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet. In Buddhism, it is one of the eight symbols of good fortune. The lotus flower is a symbol of purity of the soul within the material world, which rises upward toward the light through muddy water.