Jo suburi #12 - Katate tooma uchi

Tsuki no kamae.

Begin a rotation forward and pass the jo above your head at the same time.

Let the left hand go and let the jo fall naturally behind you...

...until it stands straight by your spine.

Use the energy generated by the jo and harmonize your rotation with it.

The strike is yokomen uchi, the impact must be done with a perfect alignment with your tanden.

Let the jo run its course after the strike and welcome it in your open left hand.

Don't let yourself be dragged backward at the end of the movement, keep your tanden aiming forward.

Dynamic version

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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