Category: History

Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu, Aikido and Hapkido

I know there is some controversy about Choi Yong Sul‘s true status in the household of Takeda Sokaku, but I didn’t realise there was a question mark about the influence of Takeda’s Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu on Aikido until I read Stanley Pranin’s recent post.

In it he’s discussing a video put together by a couple of modern day Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu students, enacting techniques from Morihei Ueshiba‘s 1934 training manual. Some time had passed since he’d left Takeda’s dojo, so I don’t know how much he had already begun his development of what would become Aikido. However, they do give a glimpse of what he was teaching pre-war, and I certainly saw techniques that are recognisable from my Hapkido training.

Historical Interview with Choi Yong-Sul

The wikipedia page on Hapkido references a posthumously-released interview with Choi Yong-Sul, founder of Hapkido. However the page it links to is no longer available. Fortunately I tracked it down so am posting it here so I’ll be able to find it again.

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