Jo suburi #6 - Shomen uchikomi

In the initial correct position, the jo and the tanden point at the same direction, the energy of the body is unified, the weapon is an extension of your body, it is alive.

In the incorrect position, the jo goes one way and the tanden in an another, the energy of the body is scattered, the jo is not an extension of the body anymore, it is a dead wooden stick.

Despite the fact you hold a jo, this suburi is strictly similar to the second suburi of ken. The rotation of the axis backward brings the weapon above your head and your right leg back.

Then strike shomen uchi but without "walking", makes sure that the rotation of the axis drives your right left leg forward.

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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