The subtle deception… “Sokaku Takeda and the Daito-ryu Tradition” by Stanley Pranin

What is it that lies at the core of this obvious reluctance to render justice to the contribution of Daito-ryu to the development of Aikido? Clearly, a major part of the problem is that the two arts are often confused with each other because of the ambiguity surrounding the term “Aikijujutsu”. It is frequently used as a short-hand for Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu on the one hand, and also to refer to Aikido in its prewar form prior to the “Aiki Budo” period on the other.

This obviously irks proponents of both arts and they at times go to great lengths to point out the differences between them. Another factor at play is that at some fairly early point in their relationship a rift developed between Sokaku Takeda and Morihei Ueshiba. Something like a “love-hate” relationship existed between teacher and pupil and this fact immediately becomes clear when talking with either side.

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