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Aiki jutsu- (eye-key joo tsoo) Jp. "spirit harmonizing art" or "mind meeting art" or "art of coordinating the vital energy.". This term is used for jujutsu styles which emphasize the subtle leading and blending of the kind represented in aikido, but which teach relatively strong (and sometimes potentially injurious) forms of the techniques. Throwing and locking techniques are emphasized. Typically, "jutsu" or "skill oriented" forms place greater emphasis on the development of effective technique and less on the overall self-development which is the overarching goal of "do" forms, although both goals may be considered worthwhile. Jutsu forms are typically older than do forms. There is considerable variability in the uses of the terms aikijutsu and aikijujutsu. One tendency is to reserve this word for the style which was eventually learned by Sokaku Takeda and transmitted as Daito-ryu aiki jutsu to Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. The origins of this style are disputed among scholars and the conventions for discussing it seem to have changed during Takeda's tutlage of Ueshiba. Other writers classify as aikijutsu or aikijujutsu those jujutsu styles which incorporate aiki doctrines and techniques. This list is often extended to include a fairly large proportion of the jujutsu ryu extant in the second half of the 19th century, notably Tenshin Shin'yo Ryu, one of the main precursors of judo. As a practical matter, contemporary martial artists who label their practice aiki jutsu typically teach stronger and (some would argue) more practical versions of techniques in the hombu aikido canon, plus other techniques which were taught by Ueshiba at an earlier period or which were taught and practiced by Takeda or parallel teachers in his tradition. The Yoseikan style includes many techniques which might be considered by some practitioners to be aikijutsu, but seeks to incorporate these into the overall emphasis on moral and spiritual development characteristic of a "do" form.