imgFrom Takeda Kunitsugu to Takeda Sokaku

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In the first year of the Tensho age (1573) Takeda Shingen died and a year after his death Takeda Tosa Kunitsugu, who belonged to Shingen's family, arrived in Aizu with his will. He became a liege of of one of Shingen's allies, the damyo Ashina and near the village of Tagata in Aizu, received a land of 50 choho (about 5,000 m2) and settled there. He had (in his service) 15 knights and 10 soldiers. He restored the Buddhist temple of Seinei-ji, originally built by Tamuramaro Sakagami, and changed its name in Saiko-ji, making it the secondary temple of Aizu Tennei-ji. Later on another Takeda, grandson of Kimitsugi, settled down in Aizu with the title of head of the Shinto temple of Ise-gu, that was the guardian temple of the Buddhist Seinei-ji, and (there in Aizu) he transmitted the secret techniques of "Kogusoku" of the Daito-ryu.received them from his father Takeda Sokaku (1860-1943), 35th inheritor of the Daito School.


At the end of the Edo age the head of the family (of the Saigo in Aizu) was Saigo Tanomo, and it was later on uncovered that he also exchanged letters with Saigo Takamori of Satsuma of whom ha was a relative. From another branch, after Kunitsugu, the Takeda family was inherited by Shizei, then by Shinji and after other four successors came Souemon. Souemon practiced the In-yo-do with Tasube Seimei of the Gosyo-Domimon fanily and lather attaining the menkyo in this art he widened his name in Takeda Naisyo-Gashira Souemon. After having returned to Aizu-Onike he became custodian of the Ise temple and became renown for his great knowledge of the Shin-do, in the In-yo-do and the Daito-ryu. He made many travels in order to teach (these) arts: of them he also taught the secrets to Saigo Tanomo of the Aizu clan.

TAKEDA SOKICHI (1819-1906)

Sokichi, Souemon's firstborn, was trained in sumo, kenjutsu, bo (hasshaku-bo) and Daito-ryu, and received a (special) authorization by the damyo to move out from the fief with two other young friends in order to learn more martial arts; and later becoming famous for his ability. After coming back to the fief, he became a famous sumo Ozeki in Aizu and known by the stage name Shiraito-zeki. He participated in many battles during which he acted as commander of the sumo fighters: at the famous incident of the Kyogo door in Kyoto, to the first and second submission of Chosyu, to the Toba-Fushimi battle, and also the fight at Shirakawa-guchi during the Ishin battle.

Takeda Sokaku (1860-1943)

Sokaku, the second-born of Sokichi, was born in the Ise-gu Takeda castle of Aizu-Onike on the 10th of October of the first year of the Banen age (1860). He learned from his father Sokichi the arts of kenjutsu, bojutsu, sumo and Daito-ryu and, from Shibuya Toma of the Yokikan dojo, Ono-ha Itto-ryu kenjutsu. In the 6th of the Meiji era (1873) Sokaku visited Sakakibara Kenkichi with his father (Sokichi) was a dear friend, and he also learned the secrets of the Jikishinkage-ryu kenjutsu. In the Sakakibara dojo he practiced with excellent masters of many kenjutsu schooll of the Kobusho of the previous government and deepened the study of ken, bo, hanky, sue, shiriken and yari; in which heals received a menkyo kaiden in Hozoin-ryu sojutsu. Visiting the dojo of many schools of the country, he continued to train more and more (in the body), and also in the spirit, as evidenced by his visiting the temple of Oto-jinja of Kyushu, the mount Niko of Nikko, the mount Haguro of Dwea. Around the 8th year of the Meiji era, there were rumors that Saigo Takamori was on the verge of beginning a war, and therefore Sokaku left for Kyushu in order to join him; however he din not succeed and up to the end of the 10th year of the Meiji age he remained as an host at the dojo of Momoi Shunzo of Osaka.

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The writing on this page is taken from the book "Daito-ryu Aikibudo, history and technique. A comprehensive book on the art Takeda Tokimune's Aikibudo show the roots, principles and techniques of this ancient art passed down directly from its last Soke, Takeda Tokimune.


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