Jo dori #3

The stillness of the situation has no reality and must be understood as a study situation. In reality, none of the five opponents would stay still at this stage.

In the first phase of irimi, grabbing the jo too soon is the best way to have your back hand broken by uchi's tsuki. For that safety reason your hand must not grab too soon.

But above all don't forget that irimi depends on the rotation of the central axis of the body: in order for your left side to enter quickly forward, your right shoulder must disappear backward. Respecting that principle implies that your right hand can't grab too soon. That mistake would inevitably send your right shoulder forward, in complete contradiction with the principle of irimi.

As soon as you have grabbed, initiate shiho nage omote.

Please pay attention to the hands positions on the jo.

In all shomen in AIkido, your hands are above your head.

Throw toward your opponents.

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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