Mistake #10 - Kote gaeshi: throwing uke in the wrong angle.

Kote gaeshi : mistake which consists in throwing uke in the wrong angle.

Kote gaeshi is a movement for which tori must throw uke using his rear imbalance as one can clearly see on this picture of O sensei.

If you try to send uke in a lateral unbalance instead of throwing him using his rear imbalance, he can hit you before or during the fall.

With the example above, one can see that the lateral throw angle of 90º is different from the correct angle (backwards). Obvioulsy, tori's side is completely opened. Even if uke falls because he is somehow put into motion, his very fall is a danger for tori who can't avoid being hit during the fall because of his position.

Surely, the lateral fall is more spectacular than the back fall but one needs to be conscious of the research objectives and the motivations behind the techniques. If one considers that uke's safety is not important and that Aikido is a game, then everything is possible.

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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