“The pain was excruciating, and I was left with
no doubts about Daito-ryu’s effectiveness!”
“One day about 20 years ago, I visited Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei’s Shimbukan Dojo in Tokyo. We had just finished a photo shoot for a book. During our discussion after filming, Kondo Sensei began to demonstrate various Daito-ryu techniques on me.
I don’t remember all of the techniques he applied, but I sure remember the one shown in this picture. My leg was twisted like a pretzel. The pain was excruciating and I was left with no doubts about Daito-ryu’s effectiveness!
I am very thankful that I had a good deal of exposure to the history and techniques of Daito-ryu during my years in Japan. It really helped me put the evolution of aikido techniques in perspective.” – Stanley Pranin
Katsuyuki Kondo: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Part 2
Part 2 of Katsuyuki Kondo’s Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu instructional videos continues the presentation of the art’s 10 Tachiai or standing techniques. These represent a portion of the basic Daito-ryu curriculum that form the historical basis of aikido techniques.
Morihei Ueshiba began studying Daito-ryu jujutsu under Sokaku Takeda in Hokkaido in 1915. He was an enthusiastic student and was responsible for Sokaku moving to Shirataki village in order to instruct Morihei and his companions. As a result of his years practicing under the tutelage of Takeda, Morihei made the decision to pursue a career as a martial arts instructor. The result of his long study and refinement of Daito-ryu techniques was modern aikido.