This week, in connection with our special on Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei’s instructional DVDs on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, we have provided readers with a lot of information on the art and teachings of Sokaku Takeda. Sokaku was the disseminator of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and the main technical influence on Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido devotees today who want to understand the origins of their art will be fascinated by the curriculum and training principles of the Daito-ryu system.
Here is more information for you of a historical nature in the form of an interview with Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei:
“Sokaku Sensei traveled all over, from Hokkaido in the north all the way to Okinawa in the south. It is also remarkable that he taught not only in police departments of one particular region, but throughout the entire country. I believe that if his technique was fake or ineffective, he would have been considered useless because police departments could easily exchange such information. The case would have been the same with the military . He also taught at many military establishments. It is sometimes said that Sokaku Sensei’s relationship with the military was limited and only through the Omoto religion and the connection with Morihei Ueshiba Sensei. In fact, however, Sokaku Takeda Sensei had direct connections to the military. This is clear from the enrollment books he kept.”
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