Yukiyoshi Sagawa (1902-1998) was born in Hokkaido, Japan. He began studying Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu with Sokaku Takeda in 1914 after learning from his father Nenokichi Sagawa, who also held a teaching certificate.
Yukiyoshi received the Kyoju Dairi teaching certificate in 1932 in Hokkaido, which was the highest level at the time, before Menkyo Kaiden existed.
Sagawa was considered to be one of the most accomplished students of Sokaku Takeda, and accompanied him as an assistant in the 1930s.
Yukiyoshi operated a small dojo that was attached to his home in Tokyo, and he only taught a small number of students. He is said to have remained powerful in the art until very late in life, and was featured in a series of articles in the Aiki News magazine (now Aikido Journal).
Aikijutsu focuses on the instant control of an attack. Like other forms of jujutsu, it uses throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively control or injure an attacker.
timing of an attack to either blend or neutralize its effectiveness and
use the force of the attacker's movement against them.
Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu uses plenty of atemi striking to vital areas of the body to prepare the attacker for joint locking or throwing.
Currently, there are a number of organizations that teach Daito-ryu Aikijutsu, each tracing their lineage back to Sokaku Takeda through one of four of his students. Master Sagawa and also...
One of Sokaku's other top students was Master Morihei Ueshiba who went on to found the very popular martial art of Aikido.
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Transparent Power - A Secret Teaching Revealed.
Tatsuo Kimura discusses his unique training with a true Aiki Master
Kimura, a mathematics professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, was a senior student of Master Yukiyoshi Sagawa. Kimura runs a small aiki-jujutsu study group in Japan.
He has written two books about his unique training under Sagawa, titled...
Transparent Power and Discovering Aiki.
I personally have a hardback copy of Transparent Power, and it is a very interesting read. Unfortunately, it is rather expensive, but well worth the investment in your research and study of aikido and related arts.
You'll learn a lot about the life and training methods of Sagawa, a real master of aiki. I highly recommend that you get your hands on it!
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