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Old 10-10-2002, 09:45 AM   #1
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O'Sensei's Martial Arts Background

Hi All,

I have had some students asking me about the other styles of bujutsu O'Sensei studied before meeting Takeda Sokaku.

Here is the list I have so far, if you could lend your thoughts to this and give me anymore names, arts, or corrections, I would be much obliged.

** Indicates ones I am not sure about.

Sumo- Ueshiba Yoroku
Kito-ryu- Kosawa Tokusaburo
Yagyu-ryu- Kanai Masakatsu
Kodokan Jujutsu (Judo)- Takaki Kiyoichi
Shinkage-ryu- ???
Tenjin Shinyo-ryu- Tobari Takisaburo
Hozoin-ryu- Tobari Takisaburo
**Aioi-ryu- ????
**Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu- Kuki Clan

Thanks for your time.

Mike Ellefson
Midwest Center
For Movement &
Aikido Bukou
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Old 10-10-2002, 01:36 PM   #2
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As far as I can recall O'sensei trained with some Irish folk... That's were he mastered the use of the Gaelic language. And recieved his most honorable title;


  • Like a rotten log half burried in the ground.
  • My Life which has not flowered.
  • Comes to this sad end.
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Old 10-10-2002, 04:17 PM   #3
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And he invented the slogan : "My goodness, my Aikido", that other Irish people shamelessly borrowed for other purposes...

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