Ecole de Budo History

Ecole de Budo RAJI is an international school. The name is French for school of budo. RAJI happens to be our head instructor's last name, but is also an acronym for Ryu Aikido Jodo Iaido.

The school was founded in 2001, in Rennes, France by Jaff Raji. Jaff has been a full time teacher of aikido, jodo and iaido for over two decades now.

Raji happens to be Jaff's last name, but as an acronym R-A-J-I originally stood for Rennes Aikido, Jodo, Iaido. Rennes is Jaff's home base and the founding city in France of Ecole de Budo RAJI. However with the school's international spread, the R can also stand for Ryu, Japanese for traditional school.

The Founder and Head Instructor, Jaff Raji and all the main teachers and students of the school are dedicated to practicing and passing on the authentic and traditional values of Japanese budo especially as it relates to self development. The school considers budo and more specifically aikido, Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido as tools for the harmonious development of man.

Even before the foundation of the Ecole de Budo RAJI, Jaff had been regularly teaching in numerous countries, establishing and strengthening groups of serious practitioners. Jaff's longstanding intimate work-relationship with his many students eventually created the atmosphere and need for the foundation of Ecole de Budo RAJI-International. This took place in 2003 here in Portland during an intensive seminar with longtime students from France, Venezuela, Hungary, Ecuador, and the United States.

Today Ecole de Budo RAJI has dojos in France, Hungary, U.S., Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Romania, and Reunion Island. Jaff also gives seminars regularly in Austria, Slovakia, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Since August of 2005 the headquarters of Ecole de Budo RAJI-International has been located in Portland. Teachers and students of the school frequently meet to share their work at major seminars held at different locations around the globe several times a year.