10 = 1

Ten years is a nice symbol. It's a cycle. Unity divides itself, gives nine numbers and then comes back to itself (10 = 1+0 = 1). The circle is drawn and the entire universe has foundations.

TAI website is ten years old and it seems its foundations are solid now. Today, the site gathers a bit fewer than 300 articles in French, a little fewer than 500 in various languages and more than 1000 unique visitors a day with an average of 3000 pages per day. The possibility to post comments allows a constant dialogue between practitioners of all countries and cultures.

This birthday comes just for the launch of the Russian version, which opens new horizons for the website.

When TAI association was created in 1992, Pierre Chassang suggested Intercontinental rather than international, feeling that the concept of nation - who had sent him into WW2 - was still a form of particularism and a source of potential conflicts. Once again, he was right, being just a little bit ahead of his time. If Aikido is universal, it is too wide to fit the frame of nations: the Aikido practitioner is a citizen of the world.

The Intercontinental personality of TAI was at the beginning but the common dream of a few friends around a coffee and some croissants. But it has become a reality, as unexpected as it can be.

This is the achievement of a team. And I take the opportunity of that birthday to thank all those who made it possible with their enthusiasm, their work and the pure volunteer basis of their involvement.

First of all, I want to thank François, the webmaster. Not only is he competent but he is also patient, he is a long distance runner, an indispensable quality for such an adventure.

I want to thank the translators team:

  • Paata for Georgian, he is never tired, his work capacity is beyond the usual,
  • Léon for English, his translations made the website available on all five continents,
  • Dimitri and Irène who make the Russian version start on a steady rhythm.
  • Thanks also to the more occasional translators who allowed some Italian and Spanish pages to be published: Andréa, Simone, Manuel.

Talking of translation, I take this opportunity to remind that TAI website works only out of good will. The translators who wish to invest a bit of their time in less represented languages such a Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese are welcome to contact the webmaster who will do the necessary to open the appropriate version of the site. TAI tries to reward the volunteer work with subsided seminars in relevant countries.

TAI is not a private restricted area, it is a site for studying and researching O sensei's Aikido: all interesting articles are welcome and can be published, regardless of nationality, federation issues or any other concern as long as they provide with a positive thinking that may be spread internationally. TAI is an association of independent and free spirits, united by their interest in Aikido.

Since the beginning, the website is completely free, there is no restricted area or section, no sponsor, no intrusive technology.

But when people can share their talents and give their time, technology has a cost. In the future, the necessary upgrading of technical capacities, new functionalities, the use of video and some exclusive content… may lead to require to ask the webnautes a financial contribution to cover the costs.

But there will be no obligation here, that call will be left to he user's consideration and will be guided by the wish to bring an ever richer content and not at all with a commercial purpose. Once again it will be done with a spirit of sharing and transmission as it has always be since the beginning of the site.

I'd like to end up with a big thank to all who give the website its reason of being, i.e. you, all the "visitors". I would like to thank you for our interest in O sensei's Aikido. Should you like it, let's see each other again in ten years. We will be further on the way, our understanding will have progressed. Together we can make TAI contribute to that better understanding.

Philippe Voarino
June 2013

What is Traditional Aikido?

Aikido is not a sport, it is a martial art which laws (takemusu) are in harmony with the laws of the universe. Studying them allows the practitioner to understand his place in the universe. Aikido was born in Iwama, O sensei achieved in that village the synthesis of tai jutsu, aiki ken and aiki jo.

Where to practice Traditional Aikido?

The International Takemusu Aikido Federation (ITAF) brings to the practitioner the structure he needs in order to work as close as possible to the reality O sensei MU defined. The official national representations are the guarantee of a teaching faithful to the Founder's.

The weapons of Aikido, aiki ken and aiki jo

In modern Aikido, weapons are hardly taught, if taught at all. In O sensei's Aikido, on the contrary, aiki ken, aiki jo and tai jutsu are unified and form together a riai, a family of harmonious techniques stemming from one unique principle. Each techniques helps understand all the others.

Aikido, a martial art or an art of peace?

Peace is a balance between a human being and the world around him. The true martial art's goal is not to become stronger than one's opponent but to find in that opponent a way to realize harmony. There is no enemy anymore as such, but an opportunity offered to reach unified ki.

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