Mistake #13 - Morote dori kokyu ho, entering without unbalancing

Morote dori kokyu ho (katate ryote dori sokumen irimi nage) : a mistake which consists in entering without unbalancing uke.

When uke holds a jo this way, the leverage allows unbalancing his whole body with a single finger.

With an arm instead of a jo, the principle is identical. To use that leverage, tori must lower his elbow below uke's grip height.

That's why O sensei used to explain that movement with the following sentence:

Kata mo hiji mo koshi mo kimochi o sagete.
Lower the shoulder, the elbow, the feeling.

Once the unbalance has begun, one only needs to keep going in the same angle in order to throw in uke's rear unbalance (Cf. Common mistakes #14). If you respect that basis, you will never find yourself in uke's line of attack.

In the example above, tori's elbow stays above the grip's height. Uke doesn't feel the leverage and therefore is not unbalanced. The throw is made difficult and dangerous since tori remains in the line of attack.

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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