“Penetrating Daito-ryu’s Inner Secrets,” by Stanley Pranin

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“Look carefully at these photos for hidden
details that make Aiki techniques work!”

Putting the teeth back in Aikido’s techniques

Early in my research into the origins of aikido, I kept running into a wall about O-Sensei’s early teachings. The fact that Morihei’s was a certified instructor of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and awarded Daito-ryu scrolls was subtly obfuscated. The key to clarifying this nebulous subject of Morihei Ueshiba’s intimate relationship with Daito-ryu came as a result of my meetings with Sokaku Takeda’s son, Tokimune Takeda, and Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei, starting in 1985.

This resulted in the publication of a series of articles, books, and videos that presented Daito-ryu and Sokaku Takeda in a different light and elucidated the strong influence of this highly sophisticated jujutsu art on the aikido of Morihei Ueshiba. Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei was an extremely innovative martial artist and he modified many of Daito-ryu techniques in such a way as to make them safer to practice while retaining their martial essence. To probe the fine points of many Daito-ryu techniques, and achieve an understanding of some of the changes Morihei made, have a close look at these detailed screenshots.

These slideshow stills are from the landmark set of DVDs by Katsuyuki Kondo, Menkyo Kaiden, that we are offering our readers at a special discounted price through tomorrow evening, Monday, January 16th. We have gone to great efforts over the years to bring you materials such as this. Now it is up to you to roll up your sleeves and do the work!

Click here for a fascinating interview with Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei

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