Atemi in Aikido

Atemi are fundamental in AIkido, even if they are often forgotten or neglected. As O sensei said, Aikido is irimi / atemi. Different atemi can be applied before or during the technique.

O sensei in Noma dojo (1935)
Atemi on the ribs.

Photograph from BUDO
Morihei Ueshiba, variation of Sankyo showing the use of atemi.

Exemples of atemis before the technique

Fist strike to the face from a katate grab in order to allow different techniques such as Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo etc.…

Atemi in the ribs on a Ushiro Eri Dori grab to make aite eventually let the collar free.

Merlet sensei insists a lot on atemis, especially those aiming at the face, comparing them to the destruction of Carthage (150-146 av J.C).

He explains the importance of the strike and its target. If delivered strategically, the rest of the body won't resist and will fall like Carthage, defeated by the Romans.

Atemi in the ribs.

O-Sensei insisted on the importance and the necessity of atemis. - Morihiro SAITO sensei

Examples of Atemis during the technique

Knee strike during Kaiten nage.

Knee strike during Katate dori shihonage

Atemi on the face after having freed the hand for Sankyo.

Atemi inthe face for Katate dori kotegaeshi.

In some cases, the understanding a technique becomes impossible without the atemi.. - Maître Morihiro SAITO TRADITIONAL AIKIDO VOL.5

The practitioners :

  • Tori Jeandel Mathieu
  • Uke Doux Nicolas
  • Publishing & photos Chavanne Alexandre

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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