Katate dori Shiho nage

That shiho nage form can't be applied without a good understanding of shomen uchi with a sword. It's only through a steady practice of aiki ken that one can discover the feeling which must power the execution of the movement.

Despite the fact the hands are empty, you must feel and behave as if you were holding a sword.

The powerful rise of the sword in front of you brings uke forward and his right side backward. That rotation prevents him form hitting you with his right hand brought far away from you.

Rotation 180º hands over the head to cut.

Cut shomen with determination.

That cut toward your other opponents forces uke to fall in front of them.

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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