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Hakkodenshin Rengo Kai


A New Beginning
In the autumn of 1997, beneath the golden leaves of a setting sun, three senior head school students loyal to Shodai Soke Okuyama gathered in quiet conference. Their shared vision, deeply rooted in the traditions of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, sparked a bold initiative—to form a separate federation known as KoKoDo Renmei. This new organization would not only honor their lineage but also embrace the evolving landscape of martial arts.

Dividing the Light
The federation was structured into three large domains, each led by one of the founding members. They were granted the freedom to develop their own style within these domains, a move that symbolized trust and respect for their abilities and vision. Among the founders, Michael LaMonica and Antonio Garcia were notable figures, each appointed to spread their wings across the continents of North America and Europe, respectively.

Echoes of the Founding Light
KoKoDo Renmei quickly became a beacon for practitioners of Ju Jutsu seeking a new path. Drawing many from the old members of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, it provided a robust platform for the exchange of ideas and techniques. Under the guidance of LaMonica and Garcia, separate schools flourished, each echoing the core values of their revered art. They named their styles Hakko Denshin Ryu, or “The Heart of the Eight Light,” a homage to the profound teachings of their master, Shodai Soke Okuyama.

Yasahiro Irie’s Path
Parallel to this, Yasahiro Irie, Nidai Soke’s assistant and another pivotal figure within the federation, chose to call his style Kokodo Ju-Jutsu, translating to “Way of the Imperial Light.” His direction added another layer to the federation’s diversity, emphasizing a distinct but harmonious approach to the discipline.

A New Dawn: Hakkodenshin Rengo Kai
By 2023, the world of martial arts had witnessed significant changes, prompting KoKoDo Renmei to rebrand itself as Hakkodenshin Rengo Kai. This new name represented not merely a change in identity but the unification of a global federation. It symbolized a collective that spanned continents, with dojos across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and boasting over 1500 members worldwide.

Legacy and Continuity
The evolution from KoKoDo Renmei to Hakkodenshin Rengo Kai marked a significant chapter in the history of modern martial arts. It showcased how traditions could adapt and thrive in a changing world, guided by the principles of mutual respect, innovation, and shared knowledge. As the leaves continue to turn each year, the spirit of the federation remains steadfast, illuminating the path for future generations of practitioners, all under the gentle watch of the “Heart of the Eight Light.”