Beyond the method #10


Vidéo #10 : steps 1 and 2 of the kumijo

In Saito sensei's method, the 1st kumijo is practiced on a line as we can see at the end of the video # 9 (cf. Beyond the method #9).

The reason behind that practice on a line is that, at the beginning, it is necessary to erase the martial context (just like the time constraint is erased) in order to obtain the best possible acquisition of the movements' forms.

But everyone can see that working on a line with opponents coming from several directions attacking simultaneously is impossible, and that is the reality and the exact danger of a martial context.

That's why, when the form is known, one needs to practice in the four directions. Leaving that theoretical single line becomes then necessary, using the hip rotation and taking the martial reality into account.

Nonetheless, the kumijo's successive phases are necessary in the precise order of the linear learning because of their deep inner logic, that's why they must be kept and known by heart :

  1. gaeshi tsuki,
  2. jodan uchi,
  3. gaeshi uchi,
  4. renzoku uchikomi

They can't modified under the pretext that one now works in four directions, on the contrary.

One can understand better - and the video is explicit - why the second phase is not all (contrary to what is commonly believed or assumed) a protection.

The fours steps of the kumijo are four strikes, there is no protection. And that respects O sensei's teaching which states that there is no protection in Aikido, no pary, no block.

The only thing that protects tori is irimi. One must be brave to enter the circle of opponents. That's what O sensei expresses in such a vivid fasion when he writes:

 In the middle of the forest of your opponents' spears, your heart is your only shield. — O Sensei, Budo, 1938

The next two articles are devoted to the steps 3 and 4 of the kumijo.

Philippe Voarino, August 2015.

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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