Beyond the method #11


Vidéo #11 : steps 3 and 4 of the kumijo

Reminder : 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. Au-delà de la méthode #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.

Beyond that reminder, this must be understood:

The linear work is necessary but it is a trick, it reduces movements designed to be executed in a circle but done on a line with a pedagogical goal in mind

What is artificial in that reduction is the way a ovement that wasn't designed linearly is forced on a line nonetheless. That tour de force is accomplished trhough a series of inevitable inconsistencies between contradictory components. As they say: « You don’t fit a square peg in a round hole ».

Still a point is vital: in that reduction, the strikes and their chronology remain untouched.

So one only needs – once the technical form is learned and mastered thanks to the linear method – ** to put the movement into the circular space it was designed for in order to find the reality of the global movement, of the aiki movement, the circular movement, irimi tenkan**.

Philippe Voarino, September 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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