Kajo #17

Kuki is what pierces in one blow the wonderful spirit of the great Earth and the appearance of Heaven.

Yonkyo is what pierces in one blow the wonderful spirit of the great Earth and the appearance of tenchi.

The intuition of Kajo #15 was proven right in kajo #16. It is tenchi nage which appears opposite to yonkyo. The complementary technique of that yonkyo sword which pierces the Earth is tenchi nage which pierces the Sky, "in other words, this is the double edged sword of Heaven and Earth" tells O Sensei (cf. Kajo #15)

Yonkyo develops towards Earth.
Earth in traditional knowledge is symbolized with a square.
The square is a static geometric figure which symbolizes a halt, the power resting.
Earth is stable.
Yonkyo is an immobilization.

Tenchi nage develops towards the Sky.
The Sky in traditional knowledge is symbolized with a circle.
The circle is a mobile geometric figure which symbolizes continuity, the energy of motion.
The Sky is motion.
Tenchi nage is a throw.

We have just made a fundamental discovery. Roppo, the six directions, the lines ikkajo, nikajo, sankajo, gokajo are all horizontal but the line yonkajo is vertical: the directions 7 and 8 are vertical. The model we have been studying since the beginning and should be called now the archetype of Aikido develops itself in a tri dimensional space which could be compared with an egg.

Thus the three issues that appeared in kajo #15 are solved:

1 - There are indeed six directions in the horizontal plane and two vertical directions

2 - The two vertical directions lead us in tri dimensional space. If the figure we are using since the beginning is only bi dimensional, it is because is a simplification, being the projection on a plane of what is actually a volume, just like a cartographic projection allows to represent Earth on a piece of paper. We can now say that Aikido is organized as an ellipsoid of revolution, ie a volume and not a planisphere. The archetype of Aikido is organized as an ellipsoid of revolution in which the techniques, opposed in pairs draw its lines.

3 - On the ikkajo, nikajo, sankajo and gokajo lines, the techniques are opposed on both sides but never in the line. On the other hand, the yonkajo line is the rotation axis of the ellipsoid of revolution so that yonkyo and tenchi nage are done on that very axis. The human body stands at the centre of the ellipsoid. When he moves according to the harmonious design offered to him, he becomes the motion axis of that virtual egg and in that circumstance, he acts as the Bridge between Heaven and Earth

When one searches sincerely and progresses on the path, Heaven and Earth unite to give the necessary confirmations at the right moment.

I had just finished the kajo #16, still thinking about that link between yonkyo and tenchi nage, we went training with my son, and of course we practiced yonkyo and tenchi nage. After the second tenchi nage, he told me what I can't but interprete as an encouragement to follow the path I'm on:

Funny, when you apply tenchi nage, I have the same sensation in the shoulder as when you apply yonkyo.

Aikido is really amazing... I have been practicing for 35 years now with the most world wide respected teachers and until that day, I had never been able to see that point, that detail which is the best evidence of the complementarity of yonkyo and tenchi nage. Please have a careful look at the following pictures:

The arm and the shoulder are in both techniques exactly under the same constraint and this is why uke must feel the same in both cases: tenchi nage is a yonkyo towards Heaven, yonkyo is a tenchi nage towards Earth. It is the double edged sword of Heaven and Earth.

I can't but notice that this wonderful confirmation does not happens randomly. In fact with tenchi nage the design elaborated around the ten fundamental techniques of Aikido is eventually completed, ordered around the five axis of the revolution ellipsoid. With that confirmation the whole system slowly revealed is indeed confirmed. For the kajos are linked between them as we will see in the next articles and one kajo can't be right and valid without the other ones.

Yonkyo and tenchi nage are united like Heaven and Earth are. Let's go back with this new notion in mind:

IKKAJO ikkyo – • – shiho nage: one immobilisation / one throw NIKAJO nikyo – • – kote gaeshi: one immobilisation / one throw SANKAJO sankyo – • – kaiten nage: one immobilisation / one throw YONKAJO yonkyo – • – tenchi nage: one immobilisation / one throw GOKAJO gokyo – • – irimi nage: one immobilisation / one throw

There is no random in that concordance of course and we can see, as we end up this article, that the couple yonkyo tenchi nage is not the only one to unify Heaven and Earth: Heaven and Earth are unified in all couples of all kajos. Any immobilization represents Earth, any throw represents Heaven.

Philippe Voarino, June 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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