History of Amatsu
Amatsu has developed from an ancient Japanese therapy .
Its origins go back to thousands of years ago. The form of amatsu practiced today has been adapted from the original following advancements in knowledge of the human anatomy. Only since 1995 though, has amatsu being shared with the Western world by the Bujinkan Dojo grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi when he passed his knowledge and skills to few of his martial arts students from the UK and Ireland.
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is a highly accomplished martial artist, doctor, writer and actor. He was born in Noda City, Japan, on December 2, 1931. He graduated from Meji University of Medicine in Tokyo, as a Hone-tsugi (Orthopedic Doctor). He is respected as an accomplished practitioner of the ancient Japanese medical techniques of natural healing methods.
From a young age he studied many martial arts including Judo, Karate and Kobudo. In his twenties he began an apprenticeship to the late Toshitsugu Takamatsu which continued for fifteen years at the end of which Takamatsu passed the knowledge and skills held in the Amatsu Tatara to Dr. Hatsumi.