Jusan no jo - Ichi kara yon made (1-4)

This sequence of 13 strikes is a teaching of the Founder O sensei Morihei Ueshiba who practiced it in that order. However, it was much longer.

Morihiro Saito sensei who transmitted it in Iwama often apologized for having memorized it partially only. Here is what he gave us.

Saito sensei used to teach the kata in 4 sequences:

1 - 4 | 5 - 6 | 7 - 9 | 10 - 13

We respect this division.

In this exercise, uchi jo's main function is to materialize the line of attack, that's why he only strikes tsuki.

Ichi kara yon made ( 1 - 4 )

Grab your jo, flipping it.

Your front foot steps off the axis first. Stay in hidari hanmi.

Choku tsuki.

Immediately bring the jo above your head.

Your back foot steps off the axis first. Change the position into migi hanmi

Jodan gaeshi uchi.

Each time, uke realigns himself with the attack line.

Your back foot steps off the axis first.

Strike from low to high on uchi's jo (in reality on his left hand), you're back in migi hanmi.

Bring the jo above your head.

Still in migi hanmi, strike shomen uchi on uchi's jo (in reality on his head).

Same movement seen form a different angle.

Prepare the tsuki.

Migi hanmi tsuki.

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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