This English-translated Italian import is a thorough foray into the background and foundations of Daito-Ryu. There is historical content, and a measure of technical information. The Takeda line is well-described.
This is the first book in English to introduce the technical curriculum of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as originally taught by Sokaku Takeda. It contains the 31 techniques of the ikkajo series of the Hiden Mokuroku, the first level of study in Daito-ryu. The arts of Daito-ryu form the basis for most of the techniques of modern aikido, the martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei.
This is a single-issue limited printing of 500. The author gives historical comparison of both Aikido and Aiki-Jujutsu. There are extensive photos of records and key historical figures, and a balanced synopsis about the histories of both arts.
This book reviews some basic to advanced pinning and throwing techniques of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. It first briefly describes what are the differences in the three levels of training: Daito Ryu Jujutsu, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu and Daito Ryu Aikijutsu. After if explains techniques classified into three main categories: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced techniques. In the first movements the author elaborates in the techniques’ descriptions, while in intermediate and advanced techniques a more brief explanation is given.
The book is loaded with a big bunch of black and white pictures of the key movements that make the techniques really easy to follow. And then, in some pages it shows some keypoints or tips to perform good technique that are universally valid for all movements in the curriculum of Daito Ryu.
Notes: Translation of earlier Japanese-language publication.
The book contains the history of Daito-ryu and details the encounters of Sokaku Takeda and the Horikawa family. It takes you through the steps of beginning exercise as Okamoto Sensei describes them. Then it takes you to the aiki techniques (it’s hard to perform them). The end section of the book contains text in Japanese with little translation and explains the concept of Ki and weight distribution. Contains techniques that are performed by Okamoto Sensei during his demonstration.
A 30-year Commemorative Edition of this book was produced.
This is a technical manual of Daito-Ryu waza. The cover touts the book as an “English translation,” but only the photo captions are bilingual English/Japanese. All other text is Japanese only, so the reader must be Japanese-literate to realize full benefit from this book. Well illustrated.