Jo suburi #9 - Men uchi ushiro tsuki

Go from chudan no kamae to jodan no kamae with a pivot to the rear.

Strike shomen uchi: be careful, it is not about stepping forward with the right leg, it is all about setting your axis in a rotation which will bring your right leg forward... A very different matter.

Immediately rotate 180º while preparing the jo.

Strike tsuki: your target is at chudan level.

The difference with the 3rd suburi is that with the 9th suburi, you must rotate 180º and turn your hanmi in the direction of your tsuki. It is because you rotate that you can strike at chudan level while in the 3rd suburi, the absence of rotation forbids striking at chudan level and imposes a strike at gedan level.

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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