Erreur #12 - Getting grabed by the wrong hand

Katate dori ou morote dori (katate ryote dori) : a mistake which consists in getting to be grabbed with the opposite wrong hand, crossing the line of attack.

When one of your wrists is grabbed, whether it is katate dori...

... ryote dori or ni nin dori, your front leg must correspond to your front foot for that position provides with a maximum of stability and power.

When tori gets grabbed by the opposite hand, like in the example above, there are three main dangers:

  1. Tori Is in awkward position at a moment when uke is not unbalanced yet and if the latter pulls strongly down, tori won't be able to maintain his stability.
  2. When he puts his foot on the line of attack while uke is not unbalanced, tori can be hit by tori's back leg and can easily have his angle broken.
  3. Being on the line facing uke, tori is vulnerable to the danger that can come from behind at the same. Let's remember the text O sensei pinned at the door of his dojo:

Even with one single opponent, one must not pay attention only to the front: one must practice with the four and eight directions in mind.

At last, the riai relation, so specific to Aikido, which implies that any empty-handed movement can be applied in the same conditions with a weapon is impossible here if tori chooses such an entry. If uke had a sword in hand, tori's leg and arm would be cut.

Tori must enter with a pivot on uke's side in order to step off uke's line of attack and off the line in his back at the same time. He must deal with the threat from behind. Therefore he must look in the same direction as uke (a definition of love...). This way, he rises the sword and prepares his body for the throw that will happen next.

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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