Beyond the method #9


Vidéo #9 : explanation of gaeshi tsuki

The gaeshi tsuki strike is not done in hanmi position, it begins in hanmi position and it ends in hanmi position, which is very different.

From hanmi, the body rotation brings the feet in a square position which is very visible in the video. That position is the striking moment and can be observed on O sensei's pictures when striking gaeshi tsuki and not at all hanmi.

Of course the hanmi position will be taken again but only after the strike.

The fundamental reason that prevents from striking gaeshi tsuki in hanmi is that it brings the right hip back. And that move has two major inevitable consequences:

  1. Any rotation of the hips around the axis is made impossible,
  2. It brings the jo away from the point of impact, which is contradictory with the eventual goal.

I do not contest the fact that Morihiro Saito taught gaeshi tsuki in hanmi position in its method. I learned it from him this way and it's how I have teached it for a long while and still do, within the frame of the method.

But as soon as Saito sensei left the pedaogid freame of it smethod, he woudl strieke gaeshi tsuki exactly like O sensei, feet in a square position, not all in hanmi.

I can testify that in Iwama in the 80ies, I saw Saito sensi practice that way in several occasions. But since I am fully aware that my word won't be enough for those who think that the entire AIkido lies in the method, here is the irrefutable and visually documented proof of that reality.

The gaeshi tsuki in that 1979 clip is executed in front of the Aiki Jinja in Iwama and everyone can check that Saito sensei strikes with a hip rotation around the axis, that rotation brings him in a square position, not an hanmi position at all.

Philippe Voarino, August 2015

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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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