Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu 大東流合気柔術

Later name of DAITO-RYU JUJUTSU which first appears in the EIMEIROKU of Sokaku TAKEDA in the Taisho period. His son and present headmaster, Tokimune TAKEDA, explains that the difference in terms was due to the fact that Sokaku taught AIKI arts to various groups who had a particular need for such training such as police officers, hence the use of the term aikijujutsu. The Daito-ryu concept of aiki implies an early neutralization of the attack. The aikido version states that aiki was first added while Sokaku Takeda was instructing in Ayabe in 1922 at the suggestion of Onisaburo DEGUCHI. The entry for the first seminar in which Morihei UESHIBA participated shows that he studied the art of Daito-ryu Jujutsu. Entries from 1922 read Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu.

Josh Gold

I am Executive Editor of Aikido Journal and co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo. I began my aikido journey in 1991 under Haruo Matsuoka.

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