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07-13-2002, 04:39 PM
Anyone know if there is a good biography of Takeda Sokaku out there?


07-13-2002, 08:06 PM
I did a search and found this:
Hope its what you're looking for. :)

07-14-2002, 07:56 AM
Thank you so much, but I was thinking more along the lines of a book. He fascinates me, and I wanted to learn about him a bit more in depth. Anyone else?


07-15-2002, 04:59 PM
Anyone know if there is a good biography of Takeda Sokaku out there?

Not precisely, perhaps, but there's

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
Edited by Stanley A. Pranin

The first book in English to explore the life of the enigmatic Sokaku Takeda with an authoritative essay by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin.

Also contains interviews with Sokakuís top students including Tokimune Takeda, Yukiyoshi Sagawa, Chieko Horikawa, Yusuke Inoue, Takuma Hisa, Keisuke Sato, Katsuyuki Kondo, Hakaru Mori and Seigo Okamoto.

at http://aikidojournal.com/catalog/relproducts.asp?subc=Daito-ryu

Also, the website itself has volumes of info. See "Sokaku Takeda Biography (1-9)" at http://aikidojournal.com/articles/article_index.asp. Each URL is a teaser giving you a page of text with the offer to show the rest of the article if subscribe for a cheap (my opinion) $29.75 per year if you're not already a member.

07-15-2002, 08:44 PM
Thanks a bunch! That stuff looks great.