Beyond the method #7

Ushiro eri dori kokyu nage

Vidéo #7 : when tori is pushed forward

Reminder : the grip must be neutral only during the exercise done within the frame of the method, i.e an exercise without all the elements that could increase the difficulty in learning the form.

In reality, in the movement, the ushiro dori grab has two functions: either pull tori backward or push him forward.

When tori is pulled forward, he is unbalanced. The simple and natural reflex of stepping forward will prevent him from losing balance. But this action is not satisfactory in aiki terms. That linear forward move doesn't allow him to unbalance uke neither to leave the line of attack where he is vulnerable.

Just like in « beyond the method #6 », tori's hanmi position, which was right and just at the beginning of the movement, must disappear in the second moment, the moment of action.

The body rotation will allow tori leaving the line of attack and, at the same time, unbalancing uke to throw him. One can clearly see in the video the feet's square position and it is understandable how that position comes from the hip rotation in tori's forward right quarter of circle.

Philippe Voarino, July 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.

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