Mistake #4 - Bringing uke in front of you for irimi nage

The mistake which consists in bringing uke in front of you for irimi nage.

Irimi Nage

For irimi nage, whether with a direct irimi or with an irimi tenkan, you must stay behind uke.

Surely, uke must be unbalanced, this is done by bringing his head on your chest. Sending uke to the ground, diving in front of you, bent forward and waiting for him to rise up in order to throw him backwards is just plain dangerous.

Bringing uke down in front of you to apply irimi nage is dangerous

If uke ends up in front of you in this low position and within that movement dynamics:

  • he can easily escape by rotating under your arm.

  • he can grab your leg and throw you.

  • he can also simply escape with a forward ukemi for preventing him to do so in such a position is impossible.

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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