The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Morihei was in Engaru on business, staying at the Hisada ryokan (inn), when he happened to encounter Sokaku Takeda of Daito-ryu jujutsu, in what was to be a strange turn of the wheel of fortune. Morihei first heard of Sokaku Takeda from a sumo wrestler of ozeki rank he met at the Kitami pass en route to Asahikawa and with whom he stayed at an inn in Shirushibe.
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