Feb
16

Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda” by Stanley Pranin

This article, titled “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda,” 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.

Let me begin by stating categorically that the major technical influence on the development of aikido is Daito-ryu jujutsu. This art, which is said to be the continuation of a martial tradition of the Aizu Clan dating back several hundred years, was propagated in many areas of Japan during the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods by the famous martial artist, Sokaku Takeda. Known equally for his martial prowess and severity of character, Takeda had used his skills in life-and-death encounters on more than one occasion.

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Comments

  1. …it’s interesting to see the similarities in Kondo Sensei’s daito ryu film. There are also a couple pins which were lost in O Sensei’s interpretation. The challenge for the connoisseur is to 1 – figure out how they work, and 2 – try to imagine why O Sensei lost them…