Beyond the method #27


In Saito sensei’s method, that exercise, called sokumen irimi nage in Aikikai, must be executed with a 180° rotation.

That’s perfect. The beginner learns this way how to execute a rotation, lower his gravity center and stabilise his hips.

But these are simplified work conditions for the training needs. It is obvious in the video that executing sokumen irimi nage in such way is irrelevant in a context of multiple attacks.

But we must never forget O sensei’s teaching: in Aikido a technique can’t work on only one opponent, it must work - without changing anything - against several opponents attacking simultaneously.

If the 180° rotation can’t answer to a group attack, it is because, in reality, the rotation must go up to 270° : * it is only at 270° that uke becomes light and is put in motion and it is only at 270° that tori leaves the dangerous zone*.

The 270° rotation permits tori two things in the same movement: - leave the dangerous zone - put uke in that same zone

This rotation - and that is important - is nothing else but what aikidokas commonly execute in tai no henka.

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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