Here is a marvelous video documentary released in 1980 featuring a breathtaking demonstration of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques under the supervision of Menkyo Kaiden Takuma Hisa. This is an opportunity to observe an abundance of the intricate Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu taught by Sokaku Takeda over a period of some 50 years. This film is perhaps the earliest one ever produced on the subject and is beautifully filmed with multiple camera angles. It is part of a series of film documentaries done on a variety of Japanese kobudo.
The figure of Takuma Hisa, whose senior students demonstrate, was one of the most significant persons in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu history, having learned directly from Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda in Osaka. He is also one of only two persons to have received the Menkyo Kaiden from Sokaku. Hisa Sensei was very active is the postwar period promoting Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu from his base in Osaka, and later in Tokyo. Also, during that period he was promoted to 8th dan by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Editor Stanley Pranin met Hisa Sensei shortly before his passing and tells the story of their association here. Also, Hisa Sensei appears in Morihei Ueshiba’s 1935 film shot in Osaka in the Asahi News dojo, the only known film of the Founder of Aikido from the prewar period.
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