Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu - Conversations With Daito-ryu Masters

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Author: Stanley A. Pranin
Pub: 1996 by Aiki News
Pages: 218
Ranking:Four Star Rating
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This is a fascinating and authoritative look at Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. It has many B/W photos, and at the end of the book, it also shows a representative sampling of Daito-ryu techniques. I especially enjoyed reading this book because it helps lay to rest some of the myths surrounding one of the earliest Judoka, Shiro Saigo. If I were training in Aikido or Daito-ryu, this book would easily rate 5 stars. Definitely take a look at this one, if you can.


 

                 Contents

An Introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu .. 9
Modern-day Bokuden ....................... 35
Tokimune Takeda .......................... 41
Yukiyoshi Sagawa ......................... 79
Kodo Horikawa ............................ 89
Takuma Hisa ............................. 107
Keisuke Sato ............................ 137
Katsuyuki Kondo ......................... 153
Seigo Okamoto ........................... 179
Daito-ryu Technical Sampler ............. 190
Appendix: Daito-ryu Organizations ....... 203
Index ................................... 209

 

From the Back Cover:

For the first time in English!
The full spectrum of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu

Sokaku Takeda was one of the outstanding figures of twentieth-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 probably 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.

Stanley A. Pranin is a fifth degree black belt in aikido and editor-in-chief of Aikido Journal. Pranin began his aikido training in 1962, and began serious research into Daito-ryu in 1985, when he first discovered the strong connection between aikido and Daito-ryu. Pranin is author of The Aiki News Encyclopedia of Aikido, editor of Aikido Masters, and co-author of Takemusu Aikido Volume I: Background and Basics

 

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