Jo suburi #8 - Men uchi gedan gaeshi uchi

Go from chudan no kamae to jodan no kamae.

Just after the shomen attack, start a rotation on the left to prepare the jo for the strike. The jo is brought backward by the rotation until your right hand reaches its end. There is no idea of strike in this movement.

The maximum rear point is also the beginning of the following attack gedan uchi. That's why your tanden must remain oriented towards the target at all times. Don't bring the left leg forward before it's naturally driven by the rotation of the hips.

Don't let yourself be dragged further than the hito e mi position which is a constant point of reference.

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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