Video: Teaching Daito-ryu: “Reveal or Conceal!”

Regarding the aforementioned “secretiveness” inherent in Daito-ryu, it is said that Sokaku Takeda never taught the same technique twice. My teacher Tokimune Sensei (Sokaku’s son) told me that whenever he was teaching as his father’s representative, if he showed his students something more than once in order to have them better understand, his father would scold him for being “foolishly soft-hearted.” When I myself was learning from Tokimune, he often warned me, “If you teach the same technique twice, the second time your students will figure out how to reverse it and defeat you with it. For that reason, teach something different the second time…”

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