Musha Ryu Aikijutsu is one of several branches of the art originally developed by the Takeda Clan of Japan.  Its beginnings trace back at least nine centuries to the founding of the clan.  Aikijutsu was developed by the Takeda family for life and death combat on the battlefields of feudal Japan, and is as effective today as it was then.  Most martial arts today have evolved into sporting events, which have their own merits, but Aikijutsu retains the techniques of the warriors who used it to protect their lives from violent, and often armed assailants.  Ethical application of the techniques of Aikijutsu will protect the practitioner from the most violent aggressors. 
Musha Ryu Aikijutsu is under the world wide direction of the Musha Ryu Board of Directors comprised of the following members:
Dennis Magee, Soke-dai, 9th Dan
   9th Dan Musha Ryu Aikijutsu
   Katame-Jitsu Training Program Developer
   6th Dan Bushido Kempo Kenjutsu
   5th Dan Bushido Kempo
   5th Dan Kobujutsu
   Master Member WHFSC
   Member - USIMA


Stu Fanning, Soke-dai, 9th Dan
   9th Dan Musha Ryu Aikijutsu
   Bojutsu Training Program Co-Developer
   7th Dan Bushido Kempo Kenjutsu
   5th Dan Bushido Kempo
   5th Dan Kobujutsu
   2002 SDS Black Belt of the Year
   2002 WHFSC Hall of Fame - Master Instructor of the Year
   Master Member WHFSC

Patrick Fanning, Soke-dai, 9th Dan
   9th Dan Musha Ryu Aikijutsu
   Bojutsu Training Program Co-Developer
   7th Dan Bushido Kempo Kenjutsu
   5th Dan Bushido Kempo
   5th Dan Kobujutsu
   2002 SDS Black Belt of the Year
   2002 WHFSC Hall of Fame - Master Instructor of the Year
   Master Member WHFSC

Lyle Deiter, Soke-dai, 8th Dan
   6th Dan Musha Ryu Aikijutsu
   6th Dan Bushido Kempo Kenjutsu
   4th Dan Kobujutsu
   3rd Dan Bojutsu
   2008 WHFSC Hall of Fame - Writer's Award

Jennifer Fanning, Soke-dai, 8th Dan
   5th Dan Musha Ryu Aikijutsu
   5th Dan Bushido Kempo Kenjutsu
   3rd Dan Bojutsu
   2nd Dan Bushido Kempo
   4th Dan Kobujutsu
   2006 WHFSC Hall of Fame - Instructor of the Year