Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu at the 3rd Aikido Friendship Demo:
“Lifting the veil of mystery surrounding Aikido’s roots”

One of the highlights of the 3rd Aikido Friendship Demo held back in 1987 was the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu demonstration given by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei and members of his Tokyo-based Shimbukan Dojo. This demonstration was particularly significant because the aikido public was not very aware of the connection between aikido and Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu at this stage. Thus, there were a lot of curious onlookers wanting to find out exactly what this old art that supposedly influenced aikido was really about.

The writings about Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu published by aikido authors prior to this time tended to portray Daito-ryu and Sokaku Takeda — Morihei Ueshiba’s teacher — in a negative light. The deep connection between Daito-ryu and aikido was minimized leaving aikidoka with only a vague misconception of the history of the two kindred arts.

The presentation of Kondo Sensei and his students was very impressive as they exhibited precise, energetic techniques that retained a variety of martial traits absent in modern aikido. In his demonstration, Kondo Sensei also described the historical connections between Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and aikido and how aikido was influenced by the techniques of Sokaku Takeda.


Sumie Hasegawa, one of the foremost experts of Daito-ryu, demonstrates
her skill in this incredible shoulder lift throw, a hallmark of the art!


The completion of Daito-ryu techniques is often accompanied by a finishing strike to the head of the downed opponent


Here Shizuo Amano Sensei finishes an armbar technique with the trademark Daito-ryu head strike


The dynamic Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei demonstrates the initial
deai (contact) of Daito-ryu’s ippondori, the ancestor of aikido’s ikkyo


Intrepid editor Stanley Pranin gets in the act by feeling the pain associated with the Daito-ryu version of shihonage!



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