Jun
10

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Foundation of Aikido techniques

“This had to do with the desire of decision-makers of the headquarters
organization to create an “official history” of the art that bore its stamp of approval.”

Sokaku Takeda & Morihei Ueshiba

Many who have practiced aikido for sometime are surprised to learn that the basis for most modern aikido techniques is the jujutsu forms of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as disseminated by Sokaku Takeda in the early twentieth century.

This fact was downplayed in early accounts of aikido history for a variety of reasons, mostly having to do with the desire of decision-makers of the headquarters organization to create an “official history” of the art that bore its stamp of approval.

For this reason, aikido practitioners today will have an eye-opening experience when seeing Daito-ryu techniques for the first time. The powerful, precise nature of these earlier forms will serve to remind aikidoka today of the martial origins of the art. This is an indisputable, though perhaps inconvenient, historical fact.

In the Aikido Journal product catalog, we have an excellent two-DVD set, and a bilingual technical book on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu by Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei–today’s leading authority of the art–that will provide a thorough introduction to this traditional martial system that so greatly influenced modern aikido.

Click here for further information on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and its connection to aikido

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