“An expertly taught basic course in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques”
This video and book collection is the perfect introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu for anyone interested in the origin of modern aikido techniques. Expertly demonstrated by Soke Dairi Katsuyuki Kondo, two video cover in depth the tachiai ikkajo techniques of the hiden mokuroku transmission scrolls of the formerly secret Daito-ryu school.
Daito-ryu aikijujutsu has in recent years become the best known of Japan’s surviving jujutsu systems. Its newly-acquired recognition is due in large part to the phenomenal international success of the art of aikido. Sokaku Takeda—the man who developed and taught Daito-ryu aikijujutsu during the first four decades of twentieth century Japan— was the dominant technical influence on aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. The complex, symbiotic relationship between Daito-ryu aikijujutsu and aikido was shaped by historical events that have left the two arts irrevocably intertwined.
Bio of Katsuyuki Kondo
Katsuyuki Kondo was born in Tokyo in 1945. He began his training in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu as a teenager under Tsunejiro Hosono and later Kotaro Yoshida, a friend and senior in Daito-ryu to Morihei Ueshiba. With an introduction from Yoshida, Kondo made periodic visits to Hokkaido starting in 1961 to practice under Tokimune Takeda Sensei, son of Sokaku Takeda. He continued his training under the Daito-ryu headmaster for 32 years.
Tokimune certified Kondo as a Daito-ryu instructor (kyoju dairi) in 1974. In 1988, Kondo was awarded the menkyo kaiden by Tokimune and also appointed Soke Dairi (representative of the headmaster). Kondo currently operates the Shimbukan Dojo in Tokyo which has functioned as the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hombu Dojo since shortly after Tokimune Takeda’s passing. Kondo is also one of Japan’s leading authorities on swordsman, calligrapher, and Zen master Tesshu Yamaoka.