Section containing articles on the practice of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in Japan and interviews of the Takumakai's main isntructors.
This article is my examination paper submitted for the promotion to Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shodan at the Takumakai. It addresses the origin of the hakama in martial arts and tries to distinguish facts from fiction as far as its use and meaning are concerned. More importantly, it also tries to establish some threads of reflection for the yudansha who wear it every day and hopefully, bring meaning to why we wear this ancestral cultural symbol.
The Takumakai (琢磨会) is one of the major Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu organizations aiming to propagate the teachings of Takeda Sokaku Sensei. The Takumakai was formed by the students of both Takuma Hisa Sensei, the only practitioner to have received his Menkyo Kaiden certificate from Takeda Sokaku, and of Nakatsu Heizaburo Sensei, himself a student of both Takeda and Takuma Sensei.
Kobayashi Kiyohiro Sensei is the manager of the Takumakai. He is one of the most senior instructors of that school and he has been learning Aikido in the early days at the Aikikai but also at the Yoshinkan dojo. He is a long time student of Takuma Hisa Sensei and he currently runs a dojo in Osaka. Kobayashi Sensei travels extensively to teach Daito-ryu in Japan and abroad. This interview was conducted by Olivier Gaurin during one of the monthly Daito-ryu Aiki-jujtusu seminars led in Tokyo by Kobayashi Kiyohiro Sensei.