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Aikikiai
8th September 2000, 23:06
Was Aiki Budo the taijutsu or unarmed techniques taught to the Japanese soldiers before WWII?

Thanks

Mike Hoff

Joseph Svinth
9th September 2000, 07:22
Morihei Ueshiba was teaching at a Japanese military academy (the Nakano school for spies) from the mid-1930s until 1942. He also had private students who were senior Japanese naval officers. So yes, aiki-budo was taught to some members of the Japanese military before World War II. However, it was not something taught to everybody who passed a draft exam.

Karate and Western boxing also were practiced by members of early Showa military forces, but the most popular martial arts and combative sports were judo, sumo, and kendo.