Beyond the method #17


Steps 1 to 4

We saw in « Beyond the method #16 » that the step 2 gyaku yokomen temps 2 ends with a deceleration of the step 1 cut which forces to adopt that singular sword position (blade up).

The singularity of that strike comes from the need to cut the third opponent who now attacks uketachi on his right, on account of the new configuration.

One can check that the four steps of the linear ki musubi no tachi are respected to the letter: these are the same strikes as practiced in Saito sensei’s method, with no variation.

But now the logic of that eminently martial movement is understandable, executed in a rotation - and no longer a pedagogic logic in which the four successive strikes were done on the same opponent.

Philippe Voarino, October 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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