Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu (Mainline School)
A classical school of jujutsu, or system of unarmed fighting, developed to defeat both armed and unarmed opponents. Daito-ryu was a private martial art transmitted for generations within the Takeda family of the Aizu domain, and later disclosed to the public by Takeda Sokaku in the late 19th Century. This jujutsu system is known to have influenced the development of Aikido, Hakko-ryu Jujutsu, Shorinji Kempo, and Hapkido.
Sokaku Takeda Sensei
Tokimune Takeda Sensei
Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei
Today, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a cultural heritage of the Japanese warrior class, with a long history and tradition. The mainline school lineage was inherited by Takeda Tokimune (son of Takeda Sokaku), and then passed to Kondo Katsuyuki (Menkyo Kaiden). In 2020, the headmastership of the mainline tradition was passed to Kondo Masayuki (Menkyo Kaiden) and currently has a following in Japan, Hong Kong, UAE, Australia, Europe, and the United States.
Kondo Masayuki Sensei and Kondo Katsuyuki Sensei
Tokimune Takeda Sensei and Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei
Kondo Sensei (Maryland 1997)