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Old 12-04-2001, 05:00 PM   #10
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Re: Aikido and Aikijujutsu

Originally posted by Kami
Just to clear up some points :
Ted Ehara said :
"Sokaku Takeda taught Morihei Ueshiba Daito Ryu Aiki-jitsu. It was Ueshiba's personal expression of the art which became Aikido. Both men agreed that Ueshiba's art was so different from Daito Ryu, it should be given a new name."

KAMI : Morihei O didn't learn all of Aikijujutsu. Ueshiba learned a bit more than the Shoden and his certificate from Takeda Dai Sensei was just the one known as KYOJU DAIIRI (Assistant Teacher, in the absence of the Master). There was no agreement between the men (Takeda and Ueshiba). They break apart querulously, after some time, and not having the Menkyo Kaiden(License of Complete Knowledge), Ueshiba couldn't teach Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu,his former master being alive.
So Ueshiba changed the name of what he was doing (Aikibujutsu, Aioi Ryu, Kobubudo, Aikibudo), not because it was so much different from what he learned but because he couldn't teach it.
Neither Takeda, nor Ueshiba, INTENDED for Ueshiba's art to have a new name. AIKIDO was imposed by the Dai Nippon Butokukai and accepted by Ueshiba's representative there, MINORU HIRAI Sensei. From then on, the former Aikibudo of Ueshiba changed its name to Aikido and included also the kyu/dan ranking sponsored by the Butokukai. <SNIP>
If you click on the first sentence of the original post (or the following title), you'll be taken to an article Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda by Stanley Pranin on the Aikido Journal web site.
from Morihei Ueshiba and Takeda
What is known is that Takeda remained for five months teaching members of the Ueshiba Juku dojo and that at the end of this period Ueshiba was awarded the "kyoju dairi" certificate conferring upon him official status as an instructor of Daito-ryu....Further, Ueshiba, now an accredited teacher of Daito-ryu, awarded scrolls of proficiency to his direct students probably as late as 1937. Among the recipients of Daito-ryu diplomas from Ueshiba are Kenji Tomiki, Minoru Mochizuki, Rinjiro Shirata, Gozo Shioda and numerous others
So Ueshiba certainly thought of himself as an Aiki-jitsu instructor as late as 1937. His style of martial arts was called various names, including Ueshiba ryu. Even though Ueshiba and Takeda eventually broke off communicating after 20 years, there is no indication that Ueshiba was ever forbidden to teach Daito-ryu Aiki-jitsu. He also was the one, according to Kishimaru Ueshiba, I believe, who decided on calling it Aikido. I'll look up the original source for that and post it.

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