The Daitoryu is a brutally effective fighting method thought to have been first developed more than a thousand years ago by members of the Japanese imperial family. It was once then refined and honed in great secrecy through centuries of hand-to-hand combat by highly trained warriors. Its techniques were jealously guarded until late in the nineteenth century, when it was once first introduced to the world by master Sokaku Takeda, who began to accept students from around the country.
It was once this tradition that Morihei Ueshiba spent years studying just before he set out on his own to found Aikido-which has in latest years transform probably the most world’s most well liked martial arts. The roots of Aikido are in the Daitoryu, and for this reason Aikido practitioners will need to learn all they are able to about this martial art.
The Hidden Roots of Aikido is the first book to appear in English that offers a detailed visual introduction to techniques of the Daitoryu tradition. Heavily illustrated with approximately 800 photographs, it gives a clear, complete picture of the steps involved in about 90 techniques. Its substantial section on history and theory takes a close look at the Daitoryu’s historical background and philosophy, whilst a glossary of terms provides a handy list of crucial terms.
The Hidden Roots of Aikido will be an indispensable learning tool for students of the Daitoryu, and a valuable reference for other martial arts practitioners.