Jo suburi #2 - Gaeshi tsuki

Hanmi is a word that defines the body position as a whole. Hito e mi defines the position of the feet when the body is in hanmi position.

It is the rotation of the body axis which brings the end of the jo in your right hand which is waiting for it. Don't even try to reach the end of the jo with your right hand. That would bring your right shoulder forward, which is the exact contrary of the rotation movement you will need to strike. In Aikido the arms never execute movements on their own, they only follow the body movement which rotates on an axis.

Strike tsuki in the in the direction, the continuation of your stomach, your tanden.

This picture illustrates a common mistake: the jo strikes in a direction while the stomach, ie the body, faces an other direction. The energy is scattered, the principle of action is not respected. Note that the feet aren't in hito e mi 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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