Sokaku Takeda Sensei is a very important person in the history of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. He is known as the modern disseminator of the art. As a Takeda family member he learnt Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu along of course with other arts of the time from his father and other high level Samurai within the Aizu clan. Sokaku Takeda Sensei became a very high level martial artist and discovered at an early age the secrets of how to apply the illusive ‘Aiki’.
Sokaku Takeda Sensei lived towards the end of the Samurai era and as a boy escaped to witness some of the last battles of this time. He became obsessed with war and fighting and despite his families desire for him to become a priest he would have none of it and detested academic study. He apprenticed himself to some of the best masters of his time and continued to travel the country training and engaging in matches to test his skills.
The part Sokaku Takeda Sensei played in disseminating Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu cannot be emphasised. He travelled Japan teaching seminars to other accomplished martial artists and high-level officials including Police chiefs, Politicians and Military Officers. His skill was such that most who came into contact with him became his student. One such person was Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido. Much is written regarding their relationship but that is another subject.
Other students of note to Sokaku Takeda Sensei include Takuma Hisa, Yukiyoshi Sagawa and Admiral Takeshita.
Sokaku Takeda Sensei was an extraordinary martial artist. A man of incomparable skill. There are many stories of interactions with him that seem almost super human in his ability to defeat his foe and foresee another’s intention. At less than 1.5 m tall this larger than life though small in stature person must have been a most formidable person. This helps to explain the presence of Aiki within his techniques. Such a diminutive figure would not have been able to unbalance so many other larger accomplished martial artists had he not had an extraordinary capability.
Sokaku Takeda Sensei is father to Tokimune Takeda Sensei who went on to inherit the Menkyo Kaiden of complete transmission of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu.
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