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Master Tokimune Takeda

Tokimune Takeda (1916-1993) was the founder of Daito-Ryu Aiki Budo, and the 3rd son and successor of Sokaku Takeda, and a police detective.

He was born in Hokkaido, Japan and had extensive martial arts training as a boy under his father. In 1953 he established the Daitokan dojo in Abashiri.

He classified the Daito-ryu system of techniques/elements of the Onoha Itto-ryu sword school, aiki kenpo, and Nihon kendo kata to create Daito-ryu Aiki Budo. He received a Cultural Social Education Award from Abashiri City in 1987.

Due to ill health in the years before his death, the issue of Takeda's successor was left unresolved. Many regard Menkyo Kaiden holder Katsuyuki Kondo, who 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.

Aiki-jujutsu focuses on quick neutralization of an attack. It also emphasizes throwing technique and joint manipulation to effectively control an attacker.

Of particular importance is the timing of a technique to blend with an attack, and use the attacker's movement against them. Daito-ryu is noted for it's use of atemi strikes to vital points, to prepare an attacker for jointlocking/throwing.

Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei developed Aikido from his combat studies of Daito-ryu Aiki jujutsu with Sokaku Takeda, and his spiritual studies with Omoto Kyo and Onisaburi Deguchi. It focuses on non-resistance, leading to Success

Tokimune Takeda

There are several organizations that teach Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. Each of them can trace their lineage back to Sokaku Takeda through four of his students...

Tokimune Takeda     Takuma Hisa     Kodo Horikawa     Yukiyoshi Sagawa

The Tokimune branch descends from the teachings of Tokimune Takeda, and designated successor of Daito-ryu after his father passed. When he died, he had not officially appointed a successor, two main groups carry on his teachings.

The first group led by Katsuyuki Kondo, who began training under Tsunejiro Hosono, and continued under Kotaro Yoshida, and then Tokimune Takeda.

Kondo was awarded high level teaching licences by Tokimune, and his followers represent his school as mainline Daito-ryu, which has a lot of support. 

Kondo has greatly increased Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu by hosting seminars in Tokyo, Japan and internationally, particularly in the United States.

2nd group headed by Shigemitsu Kato and Gunpachi Arisawa, long-time students and teachers from Tokimune's Daitokan headquarters in Hokkaido, Japan.

Their organization is called the Nihon Daito Ryu Aikibudo Daito Kai. They maintain a smaller organization in Hokkaido, with strong connections in Europe, USA & Brazil. More

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