Tokimune Takeda 武田時宗

(7 October 1916-2 December 1993). B. Shimo-Yubetsu, Mombetsu-gun, Hokkaido. Headmaster of DAITO-RYU AIKI BUDO. Retired police detective. Third son and successor of Sokaku TAKEDA. Underwent extensive martial arts training as a youth under his father. Tokimune established the DAITOKAN dojo in ABASHIRI in 1953. He devised a classification system for Daito-ryu techniques and also incorporated elements of the Onoha Itto-ryu sword school, aiki kenpo, and Nihon kendo kata to create Daito-ryu Aiki Budo. Received Cultural Social Education Award from Abashiri City on 3 November 1987. Due to his ill health in the years prior to his passing, the issue of Tokimune’s successor was left unresolved. Many regard MENKYO KAIDEN holder Katsuyuki KONDO, who has assumed the titles of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu Hombu-cho and Somucho, as the continuation of the mainline Daito-ryu school. Other smaller groups follow various other senior students of Tokimune. Interviewed in AN#71-73.

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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