Beyond the method #24


Sequence 9 to 11 (in four directions)

On the step 9 of the pedagogical exercise, uke jo steps back right with a 180° pivot (cf. Beyond the method #23). Within the learning frame of Saito sensei’s method, that step backward is indeed necessary, otherwise uchi would be at strike range, the exercise would be dangerous and would stop there: the steps 10 and 11, on a line and with the same opponent would have no meaning left.

On the contrary, in the four directions exercise, that step 9 must be linked to a real strike from uke jo. This is why the strike on the first opponent is done with step forward with the left leg. The end of the sweep become meaningful when it comes striking at gedan level the opponent who stood on the right at the beginning. Here again - as each time one enters the circle of attackers - one single movement gets rid of two opponents.

The entry is done in the right rear of the quarter circle

Nota Bene : in the video, the opponents only attack with tsuki, it is a simplified version of the exercise. In a more advanced version, the opponents attack with the attack model given in the linear exercise.

Philippe Voarino, January 2016.

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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