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Old 11-22-2011, 02:23 AM   #62
Demetrio Cereijo
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Re: Ueshiba's Golden Lights - Noto bene

Carsten Möllering wrote: View Post
Did Sugino sensei meet Takeda Sokaku in person?
In the early days, I also met Sokaku Takeda Sensei who is said to have been one of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei's teachers. When we gave a Katori Shinto-ryu demonstration Sokaku Sensei put on an exhibition of Daito-ryu. I think he was nearly 80 years old at that time. He was small and thin and only about 4 feet 11 inches (151.5 cm) tall. Even so, his techniques were remarkable. Ueshiba Sensei was also a man of unusual ability, but in his case, he had a powerful physique. I thought that was also great. Although Sokaku Takeda Sensei seemed to have the type of body which could be easily knocked over, his demonstration was extraordinary. He was capable of easily throwing 4th and 5th dan holders of the Kodokan.
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