What exactly is going on here? “Morihei meets Sokaku — The Untold Story” by Stanley Pranin

The story of the association between Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda as retold by Kisshomaru Ueshiba in various of his publications is seriously deficient in terms of historical accuracy.

Early on, Sokaku Takeda, the disseminator of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the main technical influence on aikido, was portrayed as an evil, money-hungry martial artist who had actually killed people in sword fights! Also, the extent of Morihei’s study under Sokaku was greatly distorted and described as “only a couple of months,” or even less in certain instances.

Kisshomaru Ueshiba went to great lengths to minimize the influence of Daito-ryu on Morihei stating boldly the this art was only one of several studied by the Founder, and implying that the Daito-ryu’s role on modern aikido should not be overemphasized.

I have amply demonstrated through extensive research that this is certainly not the case. However, those interested in this fascinating topic should draw their own conclusions based on available materials.

This article is one of many I have published to advance my thesis that Morihei Ueshiba studied Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu in great depth, was one of its most outstanding exponents, and that, in technical terms, modern aikido consists largely of modified Daito-ryu techniques.

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