Video: Katsuyuki Kondo, Menkyo Kaiden, at Aiki Expo 2002 in Las Vegas

Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei is one of the most highly regarded of current Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu masters. Having practiced for more than 50 years, he is the sole person to have received Menkyo Kaiden certification from Headmaster Tokimune Takeda, son of Sokaku Takeda. Kondo Sensei has traveled extensively to America, Europe, and Australia conducting seminars since the late 1980s to the present. Also, literally hundreds of foreign students have come to Japan to study at his Shimbukan Dojo in Tokyo.

Katsuyuki Kondo demonstrating a spectacular Daito-ryu throw

Katsuyuki Kondo demonstrating a spectacular Daito-ryu throw in a mid-1980s demonstration

Kondo Sensei is the foremost historian of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and has amassed a huge collection of documents tracing the history of the art and its tie-in with Morihei Ueshiba and aikido. In addition, he is an acknowledged authority and collector of calligraphy of famous Zen swordmaster Tesshu Yamaoka.

A close viewing of this video offers aikido practitioners an excellent opportunity to study the precursor forms of various aikido techniques. You will be able to discern both similarities and differences between the two arts. You will notice in particular the liberal use of atemi and the specialized pinning movements peculiar to Daito-ryu.

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