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“Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu” Instructional DVD Set!

Menkyo Kaiden, Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the major technical influence on modern aikido, was a martial art taught in the first part of twentieth century Japan by the famous Sokaku Takeda of the Aizu clan, a certified martial arts’ genius. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba met Sokaku in 1915, and immediately became engrossed in training. Daito-ryu, in Morihei’s words, “opened his eyes to budo.”

This week’s special consists of two instructional DVDs on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei. Kondo Sensei is the leading figure in the Daito-ryu world, having received the Menkyo Kaiden–Master Certification–from Headmaster Tokimune Takeda, the son of Sokaku Takeda.

The “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Hiden Mokuroku” DVD series by Kondo Sensei is the perfect introduction to Daito-ryu for beginners and experienced martial artists alike. Expertly demonstrated and explained, these two DVDs cover all of the techniques of the Hiden Mokuroku transmission scrolls of the formerly secret Daito-ryu school.

Check out these links for more detailed information on the contents of these DVDs.

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Volume 1
Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Volume 2

Who is Katsuyuki Kondo?

Katsuyuki Kondo was born in Tokyo in 1945. He began his training in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu as a teenager under Tsunejiro Hosono and later Kotaro Yoshida, a friend and senior in Daito-ryu to Morihei Ueshiba. With an introduction from Yoshida, Kondo made periodic visits to Hokkaido starting in 1961 to practice under Tokimune Takeda Sensei, son of Sokaku Takeda. He continued his training under the Daito-ryu headmaster for 32 years.

Tokimune certified Kondo as a Daito-ryu instructor (Kyoju Dairi) in 1974. In 1988, Kondo was awarded the Menkyo Kaiden by Tokimune and also appointed Soke Dairi (representative of the headmaster). Kondo currently operates the Shimbukan Dojo in Tokyo which has functioned as the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hombu Dojo since shortly after Tokimune Takeda’s passing. Kondo is also one of Japan’s leading authorities on swordsman, calligrapher, and Zen master Tesshu Yamaoka.

Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei performing at 2000 demonstration in Tokyo

Why is a knowledge of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
a must for today’s aikido practitioners?

As stated above, the syllabus of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu provides the source material for most of the techniques of modern aikido. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba learned Daito-ryu in-depth from Sokaku Takeda for several years in Hokkaido, and subsequently thereafter on several occasions during his later career. Historically speaking–and this fact has been glossed over–Morihei was one of Takeda’s top students, and quite probably the person who amassed the most training under Sokaku.

Daito-ryu’s imprint on modern aikido is undeniable. As it is a combative system of an earlier era, it emphasizes martial effectiveness much more compared to contemporary martial arts. The Daito-ryu curriculum is very well thought out, and the art incorporates sound martial principles and combative psychology that have long since been forgotten. In this sense, there is much to learn from a study of Daito-ryu that can be applied to our aikido practice in this age.

Strive for excellence in your martial art’s training!

We live in difficult times, in a world full of uncertainty that overwhelms all but the strongest among us. In such a setting, not everyone has an opportunity to study a martial art, in this case, aikido. Do we approach our study as a hobby, a form of recreation? Are we merely average people with average motivation who will soon abandon our study if too much discipline and sacrifice are involved? No, not today, not in these times! Instead, we fill our hearts with resolve and give the best of ourselves to learn this wonderful art carefully crafted by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei through decades of arduous effort.

The time to redouble our efforts is now! We are highly motivated and have a wonderful opportunity to improve ourselves at this very moment. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. Take action now to make yourself a better martial artist and a better person!

How to Order

At Aikido Journal, we have worked for decades to create materials that will bring you information you absolutely need about aikido, and all aspects of its history and evolution. This week’s special offer is yet another excellent opportunity to further your studies and gain an understanding of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the martial system on which aikido was built. Your investment of $24.95 will be well spent and prove a continued source of study and inspiration! Act now!

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Stanley Pranin