Jo suburi #15 - Hasso gaeshi tsuki

Begin in chudan kamae.

This is important: do not draw the jo back with the left hand, you don't have enough time and that would mean working with the arms and this must be avoided in Aikido.
The body must move first, therefore start a rotation on the right which opens an attack line for your opponent, sending your jo to the rear right.

As you rotate to the rear, your right hand is brought by the rotation of the axis toward the end of the jo until it reaches the last third.

Driven by the rotation, the left hand slides to the middle of the jo, making space for the striking part. The strike comes from the side.

Open the left hand, the jo then flips vertically.

And you can grab its end with your left hand in hasso position.

Now change your right hand's grip.

Launch your strike forward, the left hand, put in motion by the rotation of the axis, "drags" the jo which slides in the right hand until that hand reaches the end of the jo.

End up the rotation and you will see that the process is reverted: the right hand "pushes" the jo which now slides in the left hand until the impact.

NB: rotating the axis is impossible if the feet are not in hito e mi position. Without the front foot opening at 60º, the body can't participate and the strike is done by the arms, independently from the rest of the body.

After the strike, bring the jo to the rear by reverting the rotation of the body: the left hand "pushes" the jo which slides in the right hand. Open the left hand.

Then the jo flips and you can grab the other end with your left hand...

... and find the hasso position back.

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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