Beyond the method #20


Sequence 1 to 4 (four directions)

Now that the forms learnt in the linear exercise according to the method (cf. Beyond the method #19) are applied in the four directions and with four opponents attacking simultaneously, the reasons behind the linear exercise in the method become clear: the method does not propose a martial exercise.

This has to be kept in mind: the battlefield is not some sort of bar fight, the same opponent is not hit several times, that would ignore the danger coming from the left, right and behind.

The ideal technique (divine according to O sensei) must respect four imperatives:

  1. each strike is decisive,
  2. each strike must allow in the same moment (i.e thanks to the very strike itself) leaving the place where the body was the previous instant,
  3. each strike must allow that movement of the body each time,
  4. this body movement is constant, it obeys a mathematical law which keeps it identical whatever the circumstances can be.

The first imperative is consistent with the fundamental Japanese martial concept: ichi-go, ichi-è, which  means «only once ».

The second imperative on a practical level is expressed by the fact that there is no evasion in Aikido since there can be none: the attic is the evasion. The only way to evade is to enter and attack, it is irimi.

The third imperative expresses the consistency of the principle of action, under the apparent infinite diversity of techniques.

The fourth imperative is - in Aikido - the law of manifestation of the unique action principle itself, which demands that all techniques to be linked between them by a common origin. The manifestation of that common origin is, for the technical form, the invariable movement of the body in space, as long as that law is obeyed.

Philippe Voarino, November 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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