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Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters

Sokaku Takeda was one of the outstanding figures of 20th century Japanese martial arts. For over fifty years he taught his art of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu to nearly thirty thousand students, including Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Today, Daito-ryu is perhaps the best known of the Japanese jujutsu styles, but there has been surprisingly little information in print in any language on this fascinating and complex art. Daito-ryu aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters is the first book in English to explore the life of Takeda, the history of his art, and the techniques that are practiced in Daito-ryu today.

The heart of this book consists of a series of interviews with the leading exponents of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu—including several direct students of Sokaku— featuring Tokimune Takeda, Yukiyoshi Sagawa, Chieko Horikawa, Yusuke Inoue, Takuma Hisa, Keisuke Sato, Katsuyuki Kondo, Hakaru Mori and Seigo Okamoto. Also, a rare newspaper article from 1930 that spotlights Sokaku is featured.

In addition, Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters includes an authoritative essay on the life of Sokaku Takeda and the history of the art by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin.

Tokimune Takeda: The third son and successor of Sokaku Takeda, Tokimune Takeda underwent extensive martial arts training as a youth under his father beginning in 1925. He completed the Hokkaido Police Officer Training Course in 1946, and in 1947, a police course in stick handling techniques. While a member of the police force, Tokimune received several awards for outstanding service in arresting criminals. He joined the Yamada Fishery Co., Ltd., in December 1951 and worked there until his retirement in 1976. Tokimune established the Daitokan Dojo in Abashiri, Hokkaido in 1953, and organized Daito-ryu techniques, incorporating into them elements of Onoha Itto-ryu to create his own Daito-ryu Aiki Budo. Received the Cultural Social Education Award from Abashiri City on 3 November 1987.

Yukiyoshi Sagawa began his formal study of Daito-ryu under Sokaku Takeda at age eleven. He was certified as an instructor by Sokaku in 1932. Later, he accompanied his teacher to various locations in Japan as an assistant instructor. One of the most prominent students of Sokaku Takeda, Sagawa remained semi-active and operates a dojo attached to his home in Kodaira City, a suburb of Tokyo.

Kodo Horikawa: The eldest son of Taiso Horikawa, Kodo learned jujutsu from his father during adolescence. He became a student of Sokaku Takeda in Daito-ryu in 1914. Kodo received the Hiden Mokuroku in January of 1931, the Hiden Okugi Mokuroku in June, and became an instructor in October of the same year. He established the Daito-ryu Kodokai in Kitami in 1950, and taught Daito-ryu until his death.

Takuma Hisa was captain of his sumo club at Kobe Commercial College (presently Kobe University). In 1927 he entered the head office of the Asahi News through an introduction from his university senior, Mitsujiro Ishii, and in 1934 he assumed the important post of Director of General Affairs at the Osaka Asahi News. Through an introduction from Ishii, Hisa invited Morihei Ueshiba to come from Tokyo to teach aikijujutsu at the Osaka Asahi News Head office. In 1936, he began training under Sokaku Takeda when the latter came to Osaka. Sokaku awarded Hisa the Daito-ryu aikijujutsu menkyo kaiden in 1939. In 1959, Hisa founded the Kansai Aikido Club. He relocated to Tokyo where he lived his final years in 1961 after suffering a stroke.

Keisuke Sato began practicing judo while a middle school student. Later while preparing for his university entrance examination in Kyoto, he studied judo intensively at the Butokuden. Later, he received a 2nd dan in judo directly from Jigoro Kano at the Kodokan. After enrolling in Takushoku University in Tokyo, he took up the study of karate under Gichin Funakoshi and also devoted himself to zazen practice. About 1929 in Semi, he first met Sokaku Takeda and became an enthusiatic student of Daito-ryu in his hometown. He was certified as an instructor by Sokaku in 1935. Sato has not actively practiced the martial arts since his training was interrupted by military service, but he has followed the postwar development of Daito-ryu closely and maintained contact with the Takeda family.

Katsuyki Kondo learned Daito-ryu aikjujutsu from Tsunejiro Hosono and Kotaro Yoshida. He later studied under former Headmaster Tokimune Takeda. Kondo was certified as a Daito-ryu instructor in 1974 and appointed Soke Dairi in 1988. He is an authority on swordsman, calligrapher, and Zen master, Tesshu Yamaoka. Kondo currently operates the Shimbukan dojo in Tokyo and assumed leadership of the mainstream Daito-ryu organization following the death of Tokimune Takeda in 1993.

Seigo Okamoto entered the Daito-ryu aikijujutsu school of Kodo Horikawa in 1963 at the age of thirty-eight. Okamoto received his 7th dan in 1974, and three years later moved to Tokyo. In 1978, he received an instructor’s license from Horikawa. After Horikawa passed away in 1980, Okamoto established the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai in order to spread the art in Tokyo. He is the author of a Japanese-language technical book titled Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu.

50th Anniversary of Sokaku Takeda Demo

One of the most significant events featuring aiki-related arts ever held, this demonstration commemorates the 50th anniversary of Sokaku Takeda Sensei’s death. Held on October 4, 1992 in the annex dojo of the Nippon Budokan, this unforgettable demonstration includes performances by some of the top practitioners of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, aikido, and classical Japanese martial arts.

  • Daito-ryu Aiki Budo - Katsuyuki Kondo
  • Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Kodokai - Yusuke Inoue
  • Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai - Hakaru Mori
  • Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Masatoshi Yasuno
  • Yoseikan Budo - Minoru Mochizuki
  • Onoha Itto-ryu Kenjutsu - Takemi Sasamori

Bonus footage

This DVD also contains an excellent Daito-ryu demonstration by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei taken from the Kobudo Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in 1988. Kondo Sensei gives an outstanding performance that amply displays the power and precision of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu technique. A wide array of joint-locks, body manipulations, and pinning techniques characteristic of Daito-ryu are displayed.

39th All-Japan Daito-ryu Demo

The 39th All-Japan Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Demonstration took place in Tokyo in July 1995. The event was hosted by the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hombu Dojo headed by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei. The lineup of teachers in attendance at this historic demonstration includes a long list of high-ranked Daito-ryu, aikido, and kobudo instructors.

  • Katsuyuki Kondo (Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu)
  • Hakaru Mori (Daito-ryu Takumakai)
  • Takeshi Kawabe (Daito-ryu Takumakai)
  • Hayato Osawa (Aikikai)
  • Tsutomu Chida (Yoshinkai)
  • Kunimitsu Kikuchi (Araki-ryu Kempo)
  • Toshihiro Kubota (Tenshin Shinyo-ryu)
  • Tomio Suzuki (Tatsumi-ryu Heiho)

This new DVD also contains two never-before-seen bonus clips featuring Hakaru Mori Sensei of the Osaka-based Daito-ryu Takumakai and Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei, present Hombu Dojo-cho of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. The splendid performances of these two famous teachers at the 20th Anniversary Demonstration of the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Shimbukan Dojo of Kondo Sensei that took place in 1989 are featured.

Katsuyuki Kondo: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu - Part One

This DVD is the perfect introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu for beginners and experienced martial artists alike. Expertly demonstrated by Soke Dairi Katsuyuki Kondo, Part one covers the tachiai ikkajo techniques of the hiden mokuroku transmission scrolls of the formerly secret Daito-ryu school.

Contents

Tachiai (10 techniques) / Ippondori, kurumadaoshi, gyakuudedori, koshiguruma, karaminage, uraotoshi, obiotoshi, kirigaeshi, kotegaeshi, shihonage. Contains complete English subtitles.

Bio of 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: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu - Part Two

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu by Katsuyuki Kondo Hombu-cho of the Tokyo Shimbukan Dojo. Volume two of this series continues with the essential basics of Daito-ryu and covers the following techniques:

Idori (10 techniques) / Ippondori, gyakuudedori, hijigaeshi, kurumadaoshi, shimegaeshi, dakijime, karaminage, kotegaeshi, nukitedori, hizajime; Hanza handachi; (5 techniques) / Hanminage, uraotoshi, zori, kataotoshi, iriminage; Ushirodori (5 techniques) / Tachieridori, ryokatahineri, ryohijigaeshi, dakijimedori, kataotoshi.

Contains complete English subtitles.

Katsuyuki Kondo - Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hiden Mokuroku: Ikkajo

This is the first book in English to introduce the technical curriculum of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as originally taught by Sokaku Takeda. It contains the 31 techniques of the ikkajo series of the Hiden Mokuroku, the first level of study in Daito-ryu.

The arts of Daito-ryu form the basis for most of the techniques of modern aikido, the martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. The international success of aikido has in turn rekindled great interest in Daito-ryu and the legendary figure of Sokaku Takeda.

This volume also features a historical essay by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin on the life of Sokaku Takeda, his son the late Headmaster Tokimune Takeda, Menkyo Kaiden-holder Katsuyuki Kondo, and the present status of Daito-ryu.

The author, 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. He continued his training under the Daito-ryu headmaster for 32 years.

Contents

Foreword • Editor’s Note • An Introduction to Daito-ryu History • Six Principles of Training

Tachiai — 10 Techniques

Ippondori • Kurumadaoshi • Gyakuudedori • Koshiguruma • Karaminage • Uraotoshi • Obiotoshi • Kirikaeshi • Kotegaeshi • Shihonage omote • Shihonage ura

Idori — 10 Techniques

Ippondori • Gyakuudedori • Hijigaeshi • Kurumadaoshi • Shimekaeshi • Dakijime • Karaminage • Kotegaeshi • Nukitedori • Hizajime

Ushirodori — 5 Techniques

Tateeridori • Ryokatahineri • Ryohijigaeshi • Dakijimedori • Kataotoshi

Hanza Handachi — 5 Techniques

Hanminage • Uraotoshi • Izori • Kataotoshi • Iriminage

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