Jo suburi #11 - Katate gedan gaeshi

Starting stance tsuki no kamae.

Begin a rotation of the body which "drags" the jo backward until your left hand is positioned on the front end.

Keep rotating, the left hand, which now holds the end, "pushes" the jo...

... until it touches the right hand in which you have let the jo slip.

Let the hand go while launching your strike.

The angle of attack is the same as gyaku yokomen.

Your target is the opponent's throat.

Just after the strike, the jo ends up in the left hand which simply waits, opened.

Dynamic version

Please note what is only visible in the dynamic version: the jo reaches and strikes a split second before the back leg reaches its final destination. The impact must be perfectly aligned with your tanden.

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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