Video: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Demonstrated by Members of the Takumakai

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Here is a marvelous video documentary released in 1980 featuring a breathtaking demonstration of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques under the supervision of Menkyo Kaiden Takuma Hisa. This is an opportunity to observe an abundance of the intricate Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu taught by Sokaku Takeda over a period of some 50 years. This film is perhaps the earliest one ever produced on the subject and is beautifully filmed with multiple camera angles. It is part of a series of film documentaries done on a variety of Japanese kobudo.

The figure of Takuma Hisa, whose senior students demonstrate, was one of the most significant persons in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu history, having learned directly from Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda in Osaka. He is also one of only two persons to have received the Menkyo Kaiden from Sokaku. Hisa Sensei was very active is the postwar period promoting Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu from his base in Osaka, and later in Tokyo. Also, during that period he was promoted to 8th dan by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Editor Stanley Pranin met Hisa Sensei shortly before his passing and tells the story of their association here.

Duration: 20:59
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  1. Very, very good. But I think it will be useful if it’s possible the video had subtitles

    • Of course, it would be ideal if the video had subtitles. The creation and incorporation of subtitles into a video is a rather large undertaking. Our main focus right now is getting these documents uploaded to the Aikido Journal Members Site. I envision teams of translators and editors adopting a specific document and creating the subtitles, translations, etc. as needed. If the community wants to get the job done, especially, the Japanese members, this can happen. Until such time, or until we have larger resources, we will all have to be satisfied with the videos in this form.

  2. Frederic Veer says:

    Hi stan,

    fantastic footage.

    Would it be possible to make this available as avi or on dvd.

    Together with the shirata movie.

    Studying these takes more time and is easier on tv or my ipad.

    thanks for making this available.


    • Frederic,

      People are starting to ask for DVDs of this material. I think it should be possible to offer such a resource as the archives grow. You’ve got me thinking along these lines!

  3. Allen Beebe says:

    Just wanted to add my voice to those thanking you for archiving video, articles, etc. and at an increased rate too!

  4. Hi Stan. I truly appreciate the videos you are sending us. Is it possible that these videos can be formatted so that it can be viewed on iPad?

    Sincerely yours 🙂

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