Jo suburi #5 - Tsuki jodan gaeshi uchi

From tsuki no kamae, attack choku tsuki.

Begin pivoting while bringing your jo up until it's aligned with your vertical axis, at the top of your head.

Within that movement, the right hand slides along the jo until it touches the left hand. In that position, the slightest rotation of your axis is immediately transmitted to the jo which turns like an helix.

Keep rotating, this will force your left hand to let the jo and grab it again as shown on the picture. Then strike yokomen uchi. When the jo rotates this way, it draws a spiral from left to right in an inclined plane which makes yokomen uchi mandatory while shomen uchi becomes impossible (shomen uchi is a strike which follows a vertical plane, only possible from back to front).

Please note that the right leg does not step forward before the rotation of the axis drives it.

Check at the moment of the strike that your tanden, the jo and the target are perfectly aligned.

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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