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Minamoto No Yoshimitsu

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Gender Male
Date of died November 25,1127
Parents Minamoto no Yoriyoshi
ChildrenMinamoto no Yoshikiyo
Minamoto no Yoshinari
Siblings Minamoto no Yoshiie
Minamoto no Yoshitsuna
GrandchildrenMinamoto no Kiyomitsu
Satake Masayoshi
Grandparents Minamoto no Yorinobu
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Minamoto No Yoshimitsu Life story


Minamoto no Yoshimitsu, son of the Chinjufu-shōgun Minamoto no Yoriyoshi, was a Minamoto clan Bushō during Japan's Heian Period. His brother was the Minamoto no Yoshiie. Minamoto no Yoshimitsu is credited as the ancient progenitor of the Japanese martial art, Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu.

Minamoto no Yoshimitsu (源 義光, 1045 – November 25, 1127), son of the Chinjufu-shōgun Minamoto no Yoriyoshi (988-1075), was a Minamoto clan Bushō (military commander) during Japan's Heian Period. His brother was the Minamoto no Yoshiie. Minamoto no Yoshimitsu is credited as the ancient progenitor of the Japanese martial art, Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu. Yoshimitsu is also known as Shinra Saburō (新羅 三郎). The nickname Shinra comes from the Shinra Zenjindo Hall of Mii-dera Temple, where he had his coming-of-age ceremony. His Dharma name was Senkōin Shuntoku Sonryō (先甲院峻徳尊了).

According to Daitō-ryū's initial history, Yoshimitsu dissected the corpses of men killed in battle, and studied them for the purpose of learning vital point striking (kyusho-jitsu) and joint lock techniques. Daitō-ryū takes its name from that of a mansion that Yoshimitsu lived in as a child, called "Daitō", in Ōmi Province (modern-day Shiga Prefecture).

For military service during the Later Three-Year War (1083–1089), Yoshimitsu was made Governor of Kai Province (modern-day Yamanashi Prefecture), where he settled. Yoshimitsu's son, Minamoto no Yoshikiyo, took the surname "Takeda" and is also known as Takeda Yoshikiyo, and the techniques Yoshimitsu discovered would be secretly passed down within the Takeda clan until the late 19th century, when Takeda Sokaku began teaching them to the public.

Family


Father: Chinjufu-shōgun Minamoto no Yoriyoshi

Mother: daughter of Taira no Naokata

Wife: daughter of Taira no Kiyomoto, of the Hitachi Heishi branch

Children:

Minamoto No Yoshinori (Satake)

Minamoto no Yoshikiyo (Takeda)

Minamoto No Moriyoshi (Hiraga)

Minamoto No Chikayoshi (Okada)

References


Daito-Ryu Aiki Budo

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