4th Kumijo

Uke jo is in shizen tai, the kamae without a kamae (the guard without guard), uchi jo is in tsuki no kamae.

When uchi jo strikes tsuki, your back leg slides first towards the rear left. The front foot follows, sliding. Therefore it is a tsugi achi to the rear. You are still in hidari hanmi.

At the same time the jo goes behind your back. N.B. Don't hold the jo in the air with the strength of your wrist, let it position itself with its own weight in this angle.

Uke jo : Strike yokomen at your opponent's head with the suburi called Katate Tooma uchi without stepping back across the attack line, stay where you are. The jo ends up its course naturally in your left hand.
Uchi jo : make your body disappear, bringing the jo above your head on the shoulders' line. N.B. Do not let the left arm stay in the line of attack, that would expose your head and your left hand.

In order for the position to be correct, your left arm must be in extension. Stay away form the strike by slightly sliding backward without changing your hanmi. The strike is far too fast and you won't have time to step back.

When uchi strikes tsuki for the second time, slide your front foot this time in first place to the left as you prepare the strike with the jo. Then tsugi achi with the back foot, striking tsuki. The real strike aims at the throat or the face but for safety reasons, one must aim at the plexus.

NB : In this position the front foot can't be aligned with your attack line, there is a slight angle to the left relatively to the line.

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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