Selected Chronologies

  • Obata Toshishiro
  • Shioda Gozo
  • Ueshiba Morihei
  • Takeda Sokaku

    NOTE: Often times, two possible ages are offered for each year cited (before or after their birthday) to account for variances found in the references used. Last revised 12/20/13

    Obata Toshishiro (1948 - present)

    height=5' 8"; weight=185 lbs

    Shioda Gozo (1915 - 1994)

    height=4' 11"; weight=108 lbs

    Ueshiba Morihei (1883-1969)

    height=5' 2"; weight=180 lbs

    Takeda Sokaku Minamoto no Muneyoshi (1859-1943)

    height=4' 11"; weight=114 lbs (1)Itto-ryu was founded by Ito Ittosai. Itto-ryu was later passed down to Ono Jirozaemon Tadaaki. Obata Kagenori, the founder of Koshu-ryu, is said to have recommended Ono to the second Shogun, Tokugawa Hidetada. As a result, Ono was assigned as the Kendo Shinan (kenjutsu instructor) for the Shogun family, along with Yagyu Munenori, and was granted the rank of Hatamoto with a 300 koku salary. After his death, mainline of Itto-ryu (Ono-ha) was passed down to his second son.


  • Aikido Journal Online/ Chronologies
  • Daito ryu Aikijujutsu {mainline}
  • Extensive conversation and notes from Obata Toshishiro SoShihan

  • "Samurai Aikijutsu", by Toshishiro Obata; Dragon Books 1988
  • "Daito ryu Aikijujtsu", by Stanley A. Pranin; Aikinews 1996
  • "Encylopedia of Aikido", by Stanley A. Pranin; Aikinews 1991
  • "Aikido Masters", by Stanley A. Pranin; Aikinews 1993
  • "Invincible Warrior", by John Stevens; Shambhala 1997
  • "Total Aikido" (Yoshinkan Aikido Gokui), by Gozo Shioda/ Yasuhisa Shioda; Kodansha 1996
  • "Dynamic Aikido", by Shioda Gozo; Kodansha 1968/1977
  • "Aikido Jinsei", by Shioda Gozo; Takeuchi Shoten Shinsa 1985
  • "Aikido Yoshinkan International Magazine" (vol 1/number 1), by the Aikido Yoshinkan; 1990
  • "Yoshinkan Aikido - an introduction to basic technique", by Gozo Shioda; Aikinews 1990
  • "Doshu and the Daito ryu School Speak Their Minds! (part I and II)", published in Aiki News #78-79, 1988
  • "Sokaku Takeda and Daito ryu Aikijujutsu (Part 3)", by Stanley Pranin; Aikido Journal #104, 1995.
  • "Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido [4]", by Sunadomari Kanemoto. Published in Aiki News #75, 1987.
  • "The Meiji Man", by Laszlo Abel; The JMAS Newsletter, Vol.3, No.3 1985

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