Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido origin and development since 1987


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Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido origin and development since 1987

1987-1990: Start on 4 April 1987 – first 5 years of training exclusively in the great outdoors

Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido classes began on 4 April 1987 as a martial arts club/leisure group in Limburgerhof (Rhineland-Palatinate).

Limburgerhof is located in the Palatinate between Ludwigshafen / am Rhein and Speyer. It was founded by Christian Wiederanders, who is still active as an honorary member of Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof e.V. today. In the early years, the first classes were held three to five times a week outdoors on the grounds of the Rudolf-Wihr-Schule Limburgerhof. One of the first 8 participants was master student Juan Antonio Pena Salinas, who now lives in Gran Canaria and teaches Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido.

The black training uniform was introduced for the two-year anniversary and, in addition to training trips to Kenya, the first training camp was held in Wachenheim (Palatinate). Forest training courses were also organised at Hardenburg/Nonnenfels in Bad Dürkheim.


1987 in the great outdoors


1990 First Samurai Camp in Gerbach/Palatinate


1990 Training in Kenya


Origin and development

1991-1994: The 1st association – Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof e.V. was founded on 21 January 1991

As training in black clothing in public parks and school grounds was often viewed with scepticism and martial arts were considered anything but prestigious by the public at the time (apart from a few established competitive sports), the registered sports club “Sport Club Limburgerhof e.V.” – later Budo-Club-Limburgerhof e.V. – today “Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof e.V.” was founded in 1991 and the training content was defined for the first time.

As a result, the martial art could be practised in a sports hall for the first time. The first indoor lessons took place in the Rudolf-Wihr-Halle Limburgerhof at the beginning of 1992. In winter 1992, lessons also began in the Carl Bosch gymnastics hall in Limburgerhof. This had numerous positive effects: on the one hand, it became more attractive for people who did not want to train outside in all weathers, and on the other hand, lessons in winter were much more pleasant. There were fewer problems with the weather and the darkness in the evenings, which was an enormous hindrance to exercises with partners, especially for less experienced students.

In 1993, Christian Wiederanders joined the German Air Force for 12 years and broadened his horizons at the Warendorf Sports School (the Bundeswehr’s Olympic training centre) and military strategy training courses. Naturally, he continued to train in various martial arts, which he learnt during his career in the Bundeswehr.


Origin and development

1995-1997: The first public appearances – First licensed trainer

The first weekend courses in the forest also started in the following period, in order to have a clearer separation between indoor and outdoor training. The first children’s group also began its lessons at this time.

A kyu examination programme had also been worked out in the meantime, so that in 1996 the group finally ventured into the public eye and presented itself with a demonstration at the citizens’ festival in Limburgerhof, which is usually attended by the local clubs. The primary aim was to get young people interested in Japanese martial arts. However, the aim was also to educate the public, some of whom are still quite naïve, about this far-reaching way of life within the framework of a martial art.

The response from the citizens was absolutely positive, so that participation in the citizens’ festival became a fixed part of the planning for the coming years and other demonstrations were also organised to further arouse the public’s interest.

In order to be able to offer good didactic and methodical training, Christian Wiederanders attended the Warendorf Sports School (Olympic base of the German Armed Forces) in 1996 to acquire the DOSB training instructor licence.


1996 Participation in the Limburgerhof citizens' festival


1996 Participation in the Limburgerhof citizens' festival


1996 Participation in the Limburgerhof citizens' festival


Origin and development

1998-2000: The German Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Kai e.V. is founded together with other clubs

In 1998, the structures of the martial art were so well established that the founding of an umbrella organisation, the “Deutsche Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Kai e.V.” in Limburgerhof, was a further milestone in the ongoing development and expansion.

In the same year, another “Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido” school was opened for the first time in Bad Dürkheim, which quickly established itself as a strong second pillar of the association. Despite its provincial character and the fact that classes in Bad Dürkheim were once again held more outdoors, this school was very popular for some time.

Although the first children took part in training in Limburgerhof at the beginning of the 1990s, it was not until 1998 that an official children’s group was established thanks to the experience gained and a revised concept. Schools such as Ludwigshafen and Landau were added at the end of the 90s. In line with the changing times and technology, the Internet presence of this martial art was launched a year later on 26 August 1999.

An extensive page and collection of material on the subject of martial arts was created, which was only made possible by the contributions submitted by numerous students. Today, it is hard to imagine life without this homepage as a presentation and information medium. It offers the members of the growing association in particular a quick and easy way of accessing up-to-date information and also saves the association management from having to make lengthy telephone calls or send letters to disseminate important information.


Origin and development

2001-2004: The first Bushido Gala and other clubs

In 2001, the first “Bushido Gala” was organised to mark the founding date, but initially only for family members and members.

It was not until the following year that we opened the doors to make this now regular event accessible to the interested public.

The school in Karlsruhe was opened in 2001 and the schools in Germersheim, Haßloch and Ettlingen in 2003. In 2003, the training and examination programme was finally mature enough to make it possible for the first time for external interested parties to complete a trainer course (IKA = intensive course for trainers, 120 units over 12 months).

However, due to the enormous amount of content that was taught within a short period of time, this was primarily aimed at advanced students or teachers of another martial art who had the opportunity to quickly internalise what they had learned with a practice partner.


1998 Own dojo in Ludwigshafen


2002 Children from 3 years


2002 Winter training in Limburgerhof


2003 Bushido-Gala in Limburgerhof


Origin and development

2005-2007: Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido becomes international again

It was only in 2005 that we really felt ready to present ourselves and our students at various Budo seminars under the critical eyes of recognised martial artists and were so enthusiastic about the sporting openness and the shared spirit of our martial arts colleagues that we organised such a seminar ourselves a year later (2006+2007) in Limburgerhof together with the Bushido Gala.

Various instructors and students also took part in the international Budo camps in Holland (2006+2007), Sri Lanka (2006) and Thailand (2007).

At the same time, the Kyu and Dan training programme was completed, which had previously been implemented through a transitional programme (2000+2003), including the 1st Kyu grade.


Origin and development

2007: The year of change

In March 2007, Saiko Shihan Christian Wiederanders travelled to Kyoto (Japan) to shape the future of this martial art.

From 1 January 2008, “Tako-Ryu-Bushido” will be continued under the name “Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido”.

In addition, the “World Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Kai” was founded on 18 March 2007 in Kyoto by Saiko Shihan Christian Wiederanders. The experience of the last 20 years has now been incorporated and implemented: The previous kyu training and examination system has been refined and its efficiency significantly increased.

Timo Gartner also passed his 1st Dan examination. Furthermore, the Mannheim dojo was opened. In addition, only selected and qualified instructors and supervisors are provided in Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido.

In addition to qualified training, this includes up-to-date first aid training, a signed code of honour and a police clearance certificate without entry.


2006 Budo-Seminar in Sri Lanka


2007 Kendo in Japan


2007 Karate in Japan


2007 Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu in Japan


Origin and development

2008-2010: Two cultural and group trips to Japan – DOSB membership

The first self-organised trip to Japan for a group of 25 participants took place in March 2008. In 2008, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido was offered in Schwetzingen. In the first half of 2009, the German Olympic Sports Confederation recognised the work of Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido on several occasions.

Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof e.V. was the first to be accepted as a member of the Sportbund-Pfalz. Just one month later, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido took over the first training and further education programme for the Sportjugend-Pfalz in Limburgerhof. Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido and its prevention trainers were accepted into the “Sport Pro Gesundheit” programme and on 20 June 2009 Christian Wiederanders was awarded the bronze badge of honour for his services to sport. Another trip to Japan took place in March 2010 with 36 participants and was organised by Christian Wiederanders. Timo Gartner successfully passed his 2nd Dan examination in Speyer. The master student Juan Antonio Pena Salinas, 3rd Dan, opens his own dojo in Gran Canaria. Christian Wiederanders travelled to the Canary Islands in summer 2010 to lay the foundation stone. Thorsten Klein was the first to pass the 4th Dan examination at the 18th International Martial Arts and Adventure Camp in Gerbach in 2010. Manuel Huck from Waldbronn also passed the 1st Dan examination.

In August 2010, a Tatsu-Ryu Bushido dojo was also opened in the far north, Wilhelmshaven. With the introduction of the 10-person “Introduction to Samurai Training Methods” course in September, more members can now be addressed and recruited.


PICTURE: Visit to the samurai exhibition in Speyer on 1 July 2008. from left: Keiko Yoshida, Grand Master of the Tea Ceremony; Mart van Iersel; Atsuyoshi Takahashi (presented exhibits to the museum), 68th generation and head of the Sho sho ryu family; Mark Sterke, 9th Dan Shin Tai Ryu, Christian Wiederanders (member of the Historical Society), 7th Dan Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido.

Origin and development

2011-2013: Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido summer holidays to Gran Canaria, Turkey and Kos

The first seminars will start in Gran Canaria in January 2011. This year also saw the first participation at Hanami 2011 in Ludwigshafen, Connichi in Kassel and the Offerta trade fair in Karlsruhe with a hands-on programme, information stand and demonstrations. A charity seminar was also organised for Benni und Co e.V. in Limburgerhof for the first time in 2011. The first holiday and training trip with around 30 members and relatives took place in summer 2011 to Maspalomas on Gran Canaria.

After the fifth training course on behalf of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the certification of Christian Wiederanders with the DOSB instructor licence in 2011, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido is now a permanent fixture in the area of training and further education at Sportjugend-Rheinland-Pfalz. The second holiday and training trip in 2012 went to Side (Turkey) in the summer.

The 25th anniversary of Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido in 2012 was celebrated in October at the Tilburg dojo (Netherlands). In December 2012, Mira Voth from the Ettlingen dojo passed the 1st Dan examination. In 2013, the website and its content and course concepts were revised.

In February, the course concept “Up to here and no further” was added, which is offered especially for women and girls aged 14 and over. In May, the nationally recognised project “Not with me – Protect yourself from violence!” was launched for the first time with its new certified short leaders. In December 2012, Mira Voth from the Ettlingen dojo passed her 1st Dan examination.


2010 Trip to Japan


2011 Family trip to Gran Canaria


2011 Seminars in Gran Canaria


2012 Tilburg NL 25 years TRB


Origin and development

2014-2017: Many events and 5 awards

At the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival, Christian Wiederanders was awarded the silver badge of honour by the Sportbund-Pfalz. This year was also the first time he attended the medieval festival in Waldsee-Pfalz.

In 2015, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof was selected to take part in the “Sports Club Initiative 2020” project with numerous workshops. Manuel Huck from the Waldbronn dojo was appointed Sensei after passing the 3rd Dan examination. The club also took part in the street festival in Limburgerhof again in 2015. The year 2016 started with an instructor training course in Speyer.

Marius Roth and Ingolf Vogel successfully passed their Dan examination as part of the Samurai Camp in Gerbach and were elevated to the rank of Sensei Ho. A cross-sport team also took part in the CarFit football tournament in Limburgerhof. Another highlight was the participation in the district sports show in Böhl-Iggelheim with a demonstration of Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido. The final event of the year was participation in the EpicCon in Frankfurt am Main.

In 2017, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido was honoured five times in its 30th anniversary year: These include the renewal of the “Child and Youth Friendly Sports Club” quality seal from 2011; the extension of the “Sport-Pro-Health” quality seal from 2009, the new “German Standard Prevention” quality seal from the health insurance companies and the 13th Palatinate Prize. A special highlight in September was the “Sportvereint” award from the Ditmar Hopp Foundation. The 25th International Martial Arts and Adventure Camp in Gerbach/Pfalz also took place this year.

Further training in Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido was also once again in the foreground and numerous qualification courses were held on the topics of “Violence Prevention” and “No Power to Drugs”. New in 2017 were courses for the VHS (Kreisvolkshochschule Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis) on the topic of prevention. The “Sportverein 2020” programme is also entering its second round and Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido has been selected again. This time the focus is on “Sport for the elderly”.


Origin and development

2018-2019: Implementation of the “Sportverein 2020” project

After the New Year’s course, we went straight to the “Nicht-mit-mir Kursleiter” training course to extend existing licences and train further instructors. On 25 February, the “Deutsche Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Kai e.V.” celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Cross-sport training courses organised by Sportjugend-Pfalz will also take place in Limburgerhof in 2018. The completion of the “Sportverein 2020” can be found in the new mobile phone app and the new Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido website. The Kids Camp, a camp exclusively for kids, took place in summer. In September, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido visited the wine press festival in Chenove, France, for the first time with eleven participants from the Chenove-Limburgerhof partnership association.

At the end of the year, Sabrina Volk, Marcel Weßbecher and Fabian Birkle successfully passed their 1st Dan examination and Marius Roth passed his 2nd Dan examination. Marcel Weßbecher and Fabian Birkle were appointed Sensei-ho in the process. At the beginning of 2019, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido organised a not-with-me course in cooperation with the Domholzschule Limburgerhof.

This was followed in summer 2019 by certification as a child protection officer and the founding of the Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Beindersheim e.V. association.


2022 Christian Wiederanders with Jean-Claude Van Damme


2014 Silver badge of honour for Christian Wiederanders


2017 Sportverein award from Dietmar Hopp


2018 Visit of the partnership association in Chenove


2019 Medieval meeting in Frankenthal


Origin and development

2020-2021: Two other years – over 350 online training sessions with over 2,500 participants

The year began traditionally with the New Year’s course and in the middle of the basic course Not-with-me in March, everything changed from one day to the next. A shutdown came and the face-to-face training we had been used to for years had to be cancelled immediately.

Even after the shutdown in mid-March 2020, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido reacted individually and flexibly and switched to online training at the same time. Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido did not just want to provide one-sided videos on YouTube or Facebook as an alternative or supplement to face-to-face classes, but we wanted to focus on the social components and psychological structure and pass on training LIVE, with personal features, seeing and talking to each other online.

In 2020 and 2021, TATSU-RYU-BUSHIDO and its partners offered well over 350 LIVE ONLINE TRAININGS with over 2,500 participants. Later, during the lockdown, face-to-face training sessions were held under the hygiene concept and simultaneous online training for members who were able to train at home as hybrid training. At the end of the year, the new Fit-mit-Spass.online programme was a record success with around 450 participants worldwide. The first pages of the new homepage www.tatsu-ryu-bushido.com, which has been online since 1999, also went online with version 11.

At the end of the year, after long preparations, the state association “Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.” was founded.


Origin and development

2022: new digital platform – same goal – 35 years of TRB

4 April 2022 marked 35 years of the Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido success story.

The club project for digitalisation, the idea for which was born in 2016 (Sportverein 2020), was finally implemented in the first quarter of 2022. The challenge was to optimise many isolated solutions or find new ways of doing things and ultimately combine them into clubs on a single platform. There was a website that started in 1999, a mobile app that was launched in 2017 and an online club administration system in 2018. In the end, it was a successful product that makes the work of our coaches and officials in particular much easier.


The new health programme with its Nordic walking and yoga offerings was also launched in the first quarter of 2022, expanding the overall offering. Nutrition and counselling will also play an additional role at Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido in the future. The search for its own base also continues.

On 26 June 2022, Sabrina Volk and Fabian Birkle passed their 2nd dan belt examination under the supervision of Saiko-Shihan Christian Wiederanders, 7th dan, and Sensei Thorsten Klein, 4th dan.

In the 2nd quarter of 2022, the BlazePods – FRX Trainer, Nutrition Consultant Nutrition Coach and the EU Drone Driving Licences A1-A3, A2 will follow. In August 2022, after 10 months of training and further education, the certification as a certified nutritionist A was completed. This also included: nutrition consultant C+B; vegan and vegetarian nutrition consultant; ketogenic nutrition consultant; paleo nutrition consultant; ayurvedic nutrition consultant; diet and food combining consultant and acid-base consultant (detox coach)

The second half of 2022 was characterised by reduced training times. Renovations or unaffordable training rooms for political reasons were the main reason why, for the first time, more members left the clubs than joined. As a result of the old problems in Limburgerhof, new clubs will be established in the neighbourhood of Limburgerhof in the first quarter of 2023. Waldbronn is keeping its training doors closed for the time being.

However, the prevention courses in Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido boomed in 2022. In September 2022, the idea of bringing parents into training gave rise to a new group of young seniors aged between 35 and 65. In addition to the joint graduation with the trainers and returning trainers from past times, the homepage was optimised again with version 11.2.

In October and November 2022, Christian Wiederanders visited Kenya again after 1990 to visit an old friend and revive the training cooperation.

Thanks to the reinforcement of former coaches who have found their way back to Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido, it was possible to offer more coach training and further education. This will continue next year.


Origin and development

2023: new offers – expansion of cooperation to include Sri Lanka in addition to Kenya

Four new clubs were founded at the start of 2023, including Friedelsheim, Mannheim, Neuhofen and Waldsee, although Mannheim and Friedelsheim had already been active in the past.

Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof e.V. offered two new programmes, AROHA and aqua fitness, which were very well received.

Sensei Timo Gartner, 3rd Dan and Sensei-Ho Andreas Gössel, 1st Dan are back and are strengthening the Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido team with courses

After the loss of the main hall in 2022 and several Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido training days in Limburgerhof, which resulted in a significant loss of members, the hall was moved back into after the summer holidays and the loss of members was almost offset.

After 2006, Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido provided a speaker for the Budo-Camp 2023, but the time showed strong changes in the concept. As a positive result, old friendships from 2006 were revived. Since November 2023, there has been a cooperation with Muay Thai Sri Lanka in the exchange of knowledge. A Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido group is even being set up, in particular through regular live hybrid dojo training, as an exchange every two years is simply not enough.

Preparations are now underway for 2024 and in particular the future project 2025!


Another 35 years summarised in brief:

  • 1987-1990: Start on 4 April 1987 – First 5 years of training exclusively outdoors
  • 1991-1994: The 1st club – Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Limburgerhof e.V. was founded on 17 January 1991
  • 1995-1997: The first public appearances – First licensed instructor
  • 1998-2000: The German Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido Kai e.V. is founded with other clubs
  • 2005-2007: Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido becomes international
  • 2008-2010: Two cultural and group trips to Japan – membership of the DOSB
  • 2011-2013: Tatsu-Ryu-Bushido summer trips to Gran Canaria, Turkey and Kos
  • 2014-2017: Numerous national and international events and 5 awards
  • 2018-2019: Implementation of the “Sportverein 2020” project
  • 2020-2021: Two other years – over 350 online training sessions with over 2,500 participants
  • 2022: New certifications and implementation of digitalisation. New courses such as Nordic walking, yoga and aqua fitness. Revival of the training cooperation in Kenya
  • 2023: New registered clubs such as Friedelsheim, Mannheim, Neuhofen and Waldsee
  • 2023: Expansion of the co-operations in Sr Lanka. Start of the new live hybrid dojo training sessions

SO 03.12.2023


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