Kajo #9

Reading "Budo" again and again, the only book ever written by Aikido's Founder, I often wondered about one fact: everything is there, all fundamental techniques are shown, demonstrated, explained. Ikkyo, irimi nage, kote gaeshi, nikyo, sankyo, shiho nage, gokyo, yonkyo, tenchi nage, they are all here... But one.

Indeed, among all the techniques which are nowadays recognized as the technical core of Aikido, there is only one missing in O sensei's book: kaiten nage.


Was it not invented yet, was it missing in Aikido syllabus? Did we need to wait for some genius epigon to improve Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido? Such remarks reveal a deep lack of consideration for the Founder's work. I prefer thinking that there is a reason for things, even if I can't see it, and I call this "trusting O sensei". "Budo" is not a book written without reason.

Let's compare step by step the movement called uchi kaiten nage with sankyo ura as analyzed in Kajo # 8

uchi kaiten nage >







sankyo ura >





We notice that, obviously, from one technique to the other, uke or tori's footworks are the same.

So what is the underlying meaning?

Let's first pay attention to the pictures 3 and 3' and let's focus on uke's hand. We now discover that this hand is controlled in a similar position in both technical situations.

kaiten nage


This means that kaiten mobilizes the wrist/elbow/shoulder joints in the exact same way as the specific and fundamental sankyo immobilization.

This is why the angle in which uke is controlled in kaiten nage is strictly identical to sankyo's as analyzed in kajo # 8.

But if the control lock, the footwork, the direction and the effect on uke are the same then it means that the technique is the same. In other words, we are not in front of two different techniques but only one, shown in a fundamental form and a derived form. Kaiten nage is not a different technique from sankyo, kaiten nage is a variant of sankyo.

This take its full meaning when we are aware that the final throw (front or rear) is a mellowed version of the true martial form which ends up in reality with no hope of any breakfall and a dislocated shoulder and neck, in front of tori's feet, exactly like sankyo.

What does it mean for our figure? Well, quite simply, that sankyo ura and kaiten nage share the exact same angle.

Let's add that new element to our reference figure.

Philippe Voarino, April 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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