Daito Ryu Aikibudo: History & Technique Book by Antonino Certa
The book, written by one of the very few westerners to have ever studied on a consistent basis with Takeda Soke, Antonino Certa Shihan, features: over 40 pages of never before published text directly written by Takeda Sensei about the history and principles of the School, including aiki; a great deal of original photographic material showing Takeda Tokimune Soke and Kato Shigemitsu, today's Soshi of the Nihon Daito-ryu Aikibudo association, and the other elder students of the late Soke (over 70 photos); a comprehensive technical view of all the art, including a glimpse of the most advanced catalogues of techniques like Aikinojutsu, Goshin'yo no te and Hiden Ogi as well as Takeda-den Ono-ha Itto-ryu kenjutsu (over 220 technical photos).
The book also includes biographic profiles and ranks of all the major students of Takeda Tokimune Soke and a substantial translated selection of Takeda Sokaku's eimeiroku (registers) from the Meiji to the Showa periods.
General index of the book:
Chapter 1 - History of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
Chapter 2 - Principles and Techniques of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
Chapter 3 - History and Techniques of Takeda-den Ono-ha Itto-ryu Kenjutsu
Chapter 4 - Profiles of Daito-ryu Aikibudo's senior teachers
Appendix 1 - The Spiritual Heritage of Takeda Tokimune
Appendix 2 - The Daito-ryu Aikibudo Association