Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu

What is Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu?

Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu (大東流合気柔術), originally called Daito-ryū jujutsu (大東流柔術), is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century under the headmastership of Sokaku Takeda (武田 惣角 Takeda Sōkaku). Takeda had extensive training in several martial arts (including Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage-ryu and sumo) and referred to the style he taught as Daito-ryū. Although the ryū's traditions claim to extend back centuries in Japanese history there are no known extant records regarding the ryū before Sokaku Takeda. Whether he is regarded as the restorer or founder of the art, the known history of Daito-ryū begins with Sokaku Takeda. Perhaps the most famous student of Sokaku Takeda was Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平 Ueshiba Morihei), founder of aikido.

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Sokaku Takeda

(10 October 1859-25 April 1943). B. at 63 Oikeda Oaza, Hirosemura, Kawanuma-gun, Aizu near Aizubange-cho, in present-day Fukushima Prefecture as the second son of Sokichi Takeda. Disseminator of DAITO-RYU AIKIJUJUTSU in 20th-century Japan. Married twice, his first wife, Kon, bore two children, the eldest named Munekiyo. His second marriage to Sue produced Takemune, Tae, Tokimune (present headmaster of Daito-ryu), Eiko, Munemitsu, Shizuka and Muneyoshi. Takeda traveled extensively throughout Japan giving seminars mainly to well-to-do persons, police and military officers. He left behind extensive written records in the form of EIMEIROKU and SHAREIKOKU documents which give a good idea of the extent of his teaching activities. Takeda's form of jujutsu is the most successful of surviving Japanese schools and his technical influence on AIKI BUDO and, hence, modern aikido is great. He is reputed to have taught some 30,000 students during his long career. Takeda first taught Morihei UESHIBA in ENGARU, Hokkaido in 1915.

Encyclopedia of Aikido [TAKEDA, SOKAKU]

Seigo Okamoto


(b. 10 February 1925). B. Yubari City, Hokkaido. First taught by Kodo HORIKAWA in 1963 in Kitami, Hokkaido. Received 7th dan from Horikawa in 1974. Okamoto was promoted to shihan by Horikawa in 1978. He separated from the KODOKAI to found Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu ROPPOKAI after moving to Tokyo in 1977. Okamoto's art is characterized by rapidly executed aiki techniques with a minimum of body movement on the part of the defender. The technical repertoire of the Roppokai represents a departure from the traditional Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques of Sokaku TAKEDA. Okamoto is the author of two books (see bibl. ) and two videotapes on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and travels regularly to Denmark and Italy to conduct seminars.

Encyclopedia of Aikido [OKAMOTO, SEIGO]

Daitoryu Aikijujutsu Okamoto Gakken


Katsuyuki Kondo


(Mar 1945). Soke Kyoju Dairi, May 1988. Contractor. First learned DAITO-RYU AIKIJUJUTSU from Tsunejiro Hosono in 1957 at the Shineikan Dojo in Koiwa, Tokyo. Tokimune TAKEDA visited this dojo on several occasions and first taught Kondo in 1960. After the death of Hosono, Kondo learned from Kotaro YOSHIDA for a brief period starting in 1963 in Hitachi. The latter was paralyzed on his left side and taught while watching or by showing techniques on his right side. After Yoshida's death, Kondo became a student of Tokimune Takeda and visited ABASHIRI on numerous occasions. Takeda also taught at Kondo's dojo on several trips to Tokyo. Kondo founded a Daito-ryu club at Chiba Kogyo University in April 1964 which became the present aikido club after his graduation. He is the only person to have received the KYOJU DAIRI certification from Tokimune TAKEDA (1974). Kondo established the Shimbukan Dojo in Tokyo in October 1982. He was awarded the MENKYO KAIDEN by Tokimune in May 1988 receiving at the same time a total of six Daito-ryu scrolls. Kondo participated in the AIKI NEWS FRIENDSHIP DEMONSTRATION III in 1987 and Aiki Expo 2002 in Las Vegas, USA. He has made frequent trips abroad to conduct demonstrations and seminars and established a Daito-ryu study group in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. Kondo is an authority on swordsman and calligrapher Tesshu Yamaoka and owns a large collection of original calligraphy. He published a bilingual technical manual covering the 30 techniques of the basic ikkajo series in 2000.

Encyclopedia of Aikido [KONDO, KATSUYUKI]

Demonstration of Daito-ryu Aikijutsu by Kondo Sensei


Nishikido Takeo


Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Kodo
大東流合気柔術 光道 福岡支部 動画

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