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Topic: "Shinra Saburoi"
I would like to find out more about the person named Shinra Saburo. I
hear his name mentioned in both Korean & Japanese Martial Art histories.
Shinra Saburo Minamoto no Yoshimitsu (1045-1127) was a sixth generation
descendent of the Japanese Emperor Seiwa and is largely regarded as having
been the originator of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu (the name Daito ryu allegedly
stemming from the name of the mansion in which he lived, 'Daito Mansion').
This art was refined over time and passed to the legendary Sokaku Takeda,
who first taught it in public. This is a traditional Japanese martial
art, though some adherents of the Korean martial art known as Hapkido
(originally known as "Yusool") also claim lineage to Takeda
by virtue of its founder Choi Yong Sool. Some historians question this
link. Although some Hapkido techniques are similar to some of those found
in Daito ryu, it is unlikely that these techniques came directly from
Sokaku Takeda himself.