Re: Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido is Daito ryu
Many used iron fans, but Takeda was known for it.
Also, I'm told that Takeda could also immobilize people as Ueshiba demonstrated.
From Black Belt 1988 Vol 26 No 4
An article about Virginia Mayhew by Chuck Bush
"He used to demonstrate with his little iron fan, standing in the middle of the mat as three or four of his strongest instructors attacked him with wooden staffs."
"He also used a technique which many people experienced - coming around and putting his finger on you very lightly, hardly touching you- and you couldn't move, no matter how hard you tried."