Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda: “Figuring out the convoluted relationship between these two Masters”

In modern psychological terms the association between Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda might be characterized as a “love-hate” relationship. It is difficult to pin down historical facts as there are almost no surviving witnesses to many of these events. Even today emotionally charged explanations, which largely contradict each other, are offered by Takeda’s and Ueshiba’s successors. It is clear that Ueshiba had deep respect for Takeda’s technical ability and that the latter regarded the founder of aikido as one of his most promising students…

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