Video blog: Stanley Pranin’s lecture on “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda”

Stanley Pranin presents a 28-minute lecture titled “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda.” He explores the complex relationship between these two martial arts geniuses, and explains how Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques form the basis for most of the techniques of modern aikido.

Among the topics covered are the following:

  • Background on Sokaku Takeda
  • Meeting of Morihei and Sokaku in Hokkaido
  • Morihei’s study of Daito-ryu under Sokaku
  • Sokaku’s 1922 visit to Ayabe to teach in Morihei’s dojo
  • Morihei’s licensing as an certified instructor of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
  • Morihei’s connection with Sokaku after becoming a professional martial arts instructor
  • Strain in relationship between Morihei and Sokaku over money issues
  • Morihei distances himself from contact with Sokaku and Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, and founds his own art called “Aikido”
  • Technical influence of Daito-ryu on modern Aikido
  • Resources for study and training in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu

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  1. Thanks Stan,

    Wonderful lecture.

    Some questions about the Kobukan Dojo picture.
    Second row abut two left from Morihei, Is that Takuma Hisa?
    Also standing on the left side, that looks like a young Inoue Sensei.
    Here’s a laugh for you. The guy at the left end of the last row looks like Teddy Roosevelt. There is a little glare there, so hard to tell.
    Is Admiral Takeshita in this photo? If so, I’m thinking the man about two or three to the right of Morihei.
    I think there are a couple more generals or admirals in there as well.

    Here is a thought/hypothesis.
    Suppose you opened a dojo and your teacher shows up and wants to charge a similar amount as you to the same students. How well would that fly? The students will probably balk at paying twice. That means one of you doesn’t get a chance to make enough money to eat. One of them will vacate the premises pronto.

    Tom Huffman

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