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THE LAST OF THE REAL SAMURAI: SOKAKU TAKEDA and YOSHIDA KOTARO

Yoshida Kotaro was Sensei Kim's sensei, and Sokaku Takeda was Kotaro's sensei. The following is an account of what we know of both of these legendary last Samurai...

Sokaku Takeda | Yoshida Kotaro | Kotaro's Philosophy | Six Lectures of Kotaro

 


SOKAKU TAKEDA 1859-1943

Sokaku was not a large man — he stood no more than 5 feet tall, but his eyes were darting and his techniques were, some say, at supernatural level. He was able to sense a person’s past, present, and future even before being introduced. His students included...

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YOSHIDA KOTARO 1886-1966

Yoshida Sensei began his training rather late in life, as he began when he was 29 years of age in 1915. He began under the direct tutelage of the legendary Sokaku Takeda in Hokkaido, in Shiragi Saburo Takeda Ryu Ju Jitsu.

Sokaku Takeda was so impressed with Yoshida’s skill he even ...

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KOTARO'S PHILOSOPHY

Yoshida Sensei was not just a Martial Arts master, he was a deep thinker and, as Mas Oyama said, his life revolved around the study of Martial Arts but he also was a learned man and scholar. His job, when he came back to Japan after the war, was to run a newspaper and he was also responsible for a very large library of books.

His life revolved around reading and writing and Martial Arts. That was all there was for him. He did develop several philosophies as well ...

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SIX LECTURES OF YOSHIDA KOTARO

There were six different lectures by Yoshida Sensei as told to Richard Kim, and by Richard Kim to his students.

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TAKEDA
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Sokaku Takeda’s official photo.

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Sokaku (bottom left) and Yoshida – one of the very few photos with the two legends of Daito Ryu together.

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Yoshida Kotaro was a scholar – note the books in the background.

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Richard Kim with Yoshida Kotaro.

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The scrolls of Daito Ryu Aiki Jitsu, which were given to Sensei Kim by Yoshida Kotaro in 1953.

 

 

 
   
             

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