Beyond the method #25


Focus on the movement of step 9 to understand hito e mi along the notion of riai

The movement of the step 9 is a way for tori to enter in the quarter of circle in his right rear.

The first step of the irimi-tenkan rotation opens the foot in hito e mi, which is necessary to let the left foot enter towards the rear opponent.

In that configuration, hito e mi is absolutely necessary: without the opening in hito e mi, the irimi would be impossible.

But beware, that is not always the case: the second irimi to enter that right rear quarter of circle (attacking the first opponent on the right) does not require the body to use hito e mi, since in that alternative, the right foot would go on the right straight away. In that case, the irimi-tenkan does not need hito e mi to be achieved.

One can see in the video that the exact same movement can also lead to another technique like kote gaeshi. From one single movement, identical, different techniques can appear.

This is where the notion of riai appears. The riai is the generative relation between techniques which look different but which are linked by a common origin. Like a tree, the branches are different but all come from the trunk.

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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