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Emperor Seiwa was the 56th imperial ruler of Japan.

Some schools of Daito-ryu claim that Seiwa's son, Prince Teijin, began the study and development of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu.

Teijin taught the art to Minamoto Yoshimitsu who was a samurai and general of the emperor.

The Minamoto clan passed the art down from generation to generation.

Each generation contributed to the development and growth of the art.

The Minamoto clan eventually settled on the island of Honshu and changed the clan name to Takeda.

Takeda Sokaku began teaching Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu to non-members of the clan in the late 19th century.

Today there are several organizations that teach Daito-ryu and each of them can trace their lineage back to Takeda Sokaku through one of four of Sokaku's students.

Aiki-jujutsu is a form of jujutsu that practices fighting techniques that are in harmony with nature.

It emphasizes the use of the attacker's force and movement against himself, neutralizing attacks, immobilizations, throwing techniques, joint manipulations (tearing, breaking, separating, dislocating), ground restraining techniques, pressure-point activation, atemi (the striking of vital areas), grip and mugging escapes, and Ki development, projection, and utilization in self-defense as well as in daily life.