An introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, Aikido's predecessor and the unacknowledged technical basis of modern Aikido!

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Video Trailer for Katsuyuki Kondo's superb "Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu - Hiden Mokuroku" instructional videos containing detailed instruction for the techniques comprising the Hiden Mokuroku series of the secret Daito-ryu scrolls. Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as disseminated by Sokaku Takeda is the major technical influence on modern aikido.

Think Daito-ryu is irrelevant to your Aikido practice? Think again!

For those who practice aikido but are unfamiliar with its roots, Founder Morihei Ueshiba engaged in an in-depth study of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu under a famous martial artist named Sokaku Takeda starting in 1915. Their relationship was lengthy and complex, and they ended up parting ways. Many on the aikido side tend to simply ignore these historical events and scarcely mention Daito-ryu at all.

The problem with this ostrich in the sand approach is that much of today's aikido curriculum can be traced back to Daito-ryu techniques. By disregarding Daito-ryu's huge contribution to aikido, we unwittingly cut off access to an important body of information that elucidates the technical evolution of our art.

The "Introductory Guide to Daito-ryu" presents in lesson form the basics of Daito-ryu. By familiarizing yourself with this precursor jujutsu system, you will gain a deeper understanding of aikido's martial origins. Many elements that were removed from postwar aikido in tune with the pacifist mood of the Japanese people remain intact in Daito-ryu.

Sokaku Takeda (1859-1943)

Modern aikido is often criticized for its perceived ineffectual techniques and choreographed practice methods. Daito-ryu's techniques, on the other hand, are formidable and martial as will immediately become apparent.

Who is Katsuyuki Kondo?

Katsuyuki Kondo at Aiki Expo 2002

Katsuyuki Kondo is uniquely qualified to disseminate Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu in Japan and internationally given his nearly 60 years of study and service to the art. In great part due to his tireless efforts, a strong link connecting the original curriculum of Sokaku Takeda, through his son, Tokimune Takeda, and continuing into the 21st century has been maintained.

Kondo was born in Tokyo and began his training in Daito-ryu at the age of 12 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.

Given his unwavering dedication and continuing efforts to improve his skills and protect Sokaku Takeda's tradition, Headmaster Tokimune Takeda 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 Sensei opened his Shimbukan Dojo attached to his business establishment in 1970 and has operated it continuously since then.

Prior and after the death of Tokimune Takeda in 1994, various challenges to his position as Daito-ryu headmaster (soke) and legitimacy of his Daito-ryu organization to represent the continuance of Sokaku's lineage emerged. After a period of organizational turmoil, Katsuyuki Kondo was elected to become the General Affairs Director of the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Headquarters by representatives of Daito-ryu branch dojos in September 1994.

In July of 1995, Kondo was recognized by the Association of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Kyokai) and the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai) as the legitimate successor to and head of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. Kondo was a member of the executive board of the former association from May 2000 to May 2011, and is presently a member of the board of directors of the latter association.

Although other Daito-ryu groups -- notably the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai and the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Kodokai organizations -- still exist and operate independently, the mainline group headed by Katsuyuki Kondo is the largest and most active and has made steady efforts to spread the art internationally.

What you get in the "Introductory Guide to Daito-ryu"...

  • 62 video modules covering Daito-ryu's techniques, its different styles, and demonstrations by leading masters
  • 34 video lessons by Katsuyuki Kondo, Menkyo Kaiden, presenting the ikkajo techniques of the Hiden Mokuroku, Daito-ryu's core syllabus
  • The 236-page instructional manual "Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hiden Mokuroku Ikkajo" by Katsuyuki Kondo in PDF format for download
  • The entire 39th Commemorative Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Demonstration with 18 performances including classical arts and aikido
  • The full 50th Commemorative Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Demonstration marking the anniversary of the passing of Sokaku Takeda with 10 demonstrations by Daito-ryu, classical and aikido masters
  • Lecture by Katsuyuki Kondo on the 7 martial principles of Daito-ryu
  • Demonstrations by other Daito-ryu schools including the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai and the Kodokai

Special Bonus: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hiden Mokuroku Ikkajo ebook!

This 236-page downloadable ebook is the first book in English to introduce the technical curriculum of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as originally taught by Sokaku Takeda. Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo explains and demonstrates 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 an 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.

This book is presented as a PDF download to allow access to this wealth of technical material from any computing device at your convenience. All of the original content of the print edition will be yours including hundreds of high resolution technical and historical photos.

Contents of Katsuyuki Kondo's "Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hiden Mokuroku Ikkajo" Ebook

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

Bilingual text: English and Japanese
Pages: 236
File size: 234 mb in PDF format

Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei's "Introductory Guide to Daito-ryu" is available now at the price of $57. Begin your study of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu today!


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