Menkyo Kaiden, Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei
This week’s special consists two instructional DVDs on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei. Kondo Sensei is the leading figure in the word of Daito-ryu, having received the Menkyo Kaiden from Headmaster Tokimune Takeda, the son of Sokaku Takeda.
Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the precursor to aikido techniques, was a martial art taught in the first part of twentieth century Japan by the famous Sokaku Takeda of the Aizu clan, a certified martial arts’ genius. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba met Sokaku in 1915, and immediately became engrossed in training. Daito-ryu, in Morihei’s words, “opened his eyes to budo.”
The “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu” – Hiden Mokuroku series” DVDs by Kondo Sensei are the perfect introduction to Daito-ryu for beginners and experienced martial artists alike. Expertly demonstrated by Kondo Sensei, these two DVDs cover all of the techniques contained in the Hiden Mokuroku transmission scrolls of the formerly secret Daito-ryu school.