History

History of the Nintai Ryu Aiki Ju-Jitsu

In 1958, Georges Serei, a Judo and Ju-Jitsu black belt (and ex-French Commando during the Second World War) left France for Montreal and opened Hakudokan Dojo in Outremont, one of the first judo schools in Quebec, with help from 3 partners (Louis Arpin, Jacques About and Louis Blanc). The following year, the Collège des Ceintures Noires de France (a national martial arts organization), recommended they set up the Collège des Ceintures Noires du Québec, the forerunner of Judo Québec with Georges Serei serving as the first president.

A year prior in 1957 Georges started to train his sons Pascal and André-Jacques, then just 4 and 6 years old, in Judo. After arriving in Canada, the boys continued training in judo and ju-jitsu both at Hakudokan Dojo and at the dojo he built at home; this is the beginning for Pascal and André-Jacques of a life in martial arts.

They follow the hard and strenuous martial path with hours, days, years of assiduous martial art practice and training. Repeated encounters with modern Grand Masters from Judo, Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Aikibudo, Kobudo and Savate/Boxe Française, their personal research, their combat sense and their need to improve their knowledge and understanding of martial principles guide them dutifully in the Budo way.

Constant and intensive practice, proficiency in many different styles and life experience had them reflect about martial arts. Master Pascal Serei decides to conceive a combat art of self-defense, respecting tradition but adapted to our modern world, a specific update of Aiki Ju-Jitsu. He consults with his father and brother and then he founds and develops a new system under the name Nintai Ryu Aiki Ju-Jitsu which translates as “Perseverance in Effort”. Perseverance in Budo training, studying and self-improvement.

For Kyoshi Pascal Serei, technical director of Nintai Ryu, Personal Protection Specialist, professional trainer and martial arts master, Aiki Ju-Jitsu must be a holistic concept, absolutely efficient and be practiced in a realistic, safe and secure manner. A totally modern, efficient martial art that brings physical improvement and spiritual health, that is Nintai Ryu.

Kyoshi Pascal Serei is recognized by federations including the International Budo Association (IBA), World Kobudo Federation (WKF), Yoseikan World Federation (YWF), Yudansha Ju-Jitsu Federation (YJJF) and the World Takeda-Ryu Marotokan Federation (WTRMF).

Pascal Serei, Kyoshi 8th dan and André-Jacques Serei, 7th dan regularly teach high-standard seminars. And at 89 years of age, Georges Serei, Kyoshi 8th dan continues to train and teach regularly in Nintai Ryu Aiki Ju-Jitsu.