Jo suburi #1 - Choku tsuki

Wrong position

Correct position

The starting position is hanmi, which means that the feet are in hito e mi position.

Please watch these pictures carefully: in the correct position your tandem/stomach is oriented towards the action, the jo is centered on your axis, it becomes a part of you. In the pictures with the wrong position, your tandem is oriented in a different direction, your energy is dispersed before the movement has even begun. The jo stands on front of you like a piece of wood which remains alien to your body.

Don't bring the right hand to the jo to grab it. The rotation of the axis to the rear brings the jo to your hand.

Correct position

Wrong position

When you strike tsuki, you must align your stomach, your jo and the target. Your jo can't strike efficiently in a direction if your stomach goes in an other one. In the wrong position, the stomach is not aligned with the target, it is not aligned with the jo. The body is not unified and the strike is done with the shoulders. It would only take a rotation of the body to align the stomach correctly and for the feet to find the hito e mi position. Do not mistake the hanmi position with a profile position.

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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