Kajo #12

We analyzed in Kajo # 8 the angle the Founder uses to apply sankyo ura. It is interesting to check on the pictures below that if O sensei didn't always apply sankyo in a classical way, he would always respect the angle of the third diameter at 60°.

The angle for the technique is, here again, in uke's rear back, ie on the third diameter, at 60°:

It is interesting now to define the direction of sankyo omote.

We explained in details in [kajo # 6][6] the fundamental difference between ikkyo omote and nykyo omote: with ikkyo, uke's arm is extended at a right angle and nearly parallel to the ground while with nikyo, it is bent, in a narrower angle and perpendicular to the ground.

As we can see on O sensei's pictures, uke's arm with sankyo is also brought in a perpendicular position to the ground.

1 - nikyo

2 - sankyo

There is therefore a closer link between nikyo and sankyo than between ikkyo and nikyo.

In fact, when uke's arm is initially brought down, there is no difference in terms of position or angle between nikyo omote and sankyo omote. The difference is to be found elsewhere, ie in the way to grab uke's arm: for nikyo the back on the hand is grabbed, for sankyo it is the hand's palm and the fingers (pic 2).

That difference has important consequences for the rest of the movement.

Indeed, from the nikyo grab (picture 1) the immobilization in possible immediately on the spot (picture 1' below):

1 - nikyo

1' - nikyo

But from the sankyo grab, tori still needs to change hands (picture 2' below) before he can finish the immobilization (picture 3):

That added step 2' consists in increasing with an additional 60° the angle of ikkyo omote reached by tori with the first step of sankyo omote.

Let's put that precision our figure:
We can't but notice that fact, as the direction of sankyo omote is opposed at 180° with sankyo ura and kaiten nage (cf kajo #8 et #9). And we can put that information on our reference figure:

We have therefore discovered since the beginning of our study on the Kajo that there exist three fundamental axis:
I ikkyo –●– shiho nage -------------------- called ikkajo by Tadashi Abe
II nikyo –●– kote gaeshi ------------------ called nikajo by Tadashi Abe
III sankyo –●– kaiten nage --------------- called sankajo by Tadashi Abe

These three axis define six directions (roppo) on the circle which are regularly positioned every 60°.

All Aikido techniques we have examined so far are positioned at the crossing of these axes and the double spiral which can be divided between the inner spiral and the outter spiral.

There are a few techniques to position before we can achieve a better understanding of the remarkable plan which progressively appears under our eyes. The next kajo will surprise us even more.

Philippe Voarino, May 2012.

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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