Beyond the method #29

Focus on the principle of movement in Aikido

(example in the front right quarter of the circle)

Application on a front foot start : kaiten nage

The video above (aihanmi katate dori kaiten nage) is the application of the principle explained at length in « Beyond the method #28 ».

First possibility, from hidari hanmi, in order to move in the front right quarter of the circle: the right foot begins.

One can see - at first - that the movement of the front foot (left) rotating toward uke’s right side (in order to strike the opponent coming on the right) is indeed the only way to unbalance uke on his left. As it happens that absence of balance is necessary to execute kaiten nage properly.

And then it is noticeable that the back foot (right) rotation which follows the front foot movement, is done in the ideal angle to lower uke’s arm for kaiten nage.

That last element is particularly interesting because it is perfectly congruent with on Saito sensei’s teaching: for kaiten nage, the descent of the lower arm must be executed at a 45° angle with uke’s body.

And it becomes clear that what gives at the same time uke’s initial unbalance and the ideal angle of descent is not tori’s decision who would choose to take “that angle or another” but because he learnt to do so.

No. The angle is given by the rotation of the body as a whole respecting the irimi tenkan principle. In other words - and that is essential - the simple application of of the principle of the movement creates all the necessary requirements to execute a technique in the best possible way.

This presents with a crucial martial consequence: tori does not need to think. All she/he has to do is to respect the principle of movement to be sure that all technical elements are ideally put in place without having to think about them. In a combat situation there is no room for thinking, extreme situations require immediate answers. Aikido offers that immediate path, uncluttered with any distracting thought: it is irimi tenkan.

The second possibility, from hidari hanmi to move in tori’s right front quarter, but this time starting with the back foot, will be studied in « Beyond the method #30 ».

Philippe Voarino, February 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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