Morihei Ueshiba’s Aikido: “Did you know that Sokaku Takeda certified Morihei Ueshiba in the Yagyu-Shinkage-ryu sword?”

The Founder showed a great interest in the sword throughout his martial arts career. He even received a Yagyu Shinkage-ryu sword certification from Sokaku Takeda in 1922 although the exact content of his sword training under Sokaku is not known. Later in 1937, he officially joined the Kashima Shinto-ryu classical school which had an influence on his experimentation with the sword especially during the Iwama years from 1942 to about 1960.

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