Mistake #5 - Hands positions for shiho nage

If the lower hand does not cross to grab uke's thumb basis, the arm closest to you is badly extended. Cutting in uke's imbalance and rising your hand above your hands will be difficult.

Crossing your hands and grabbing uke's thumb basis sets the arm closest to uke in the ideal extension to keep spiraling. Hold uke's arm as if holding your ken.

Don't forget that happo giri is the origin of shiho nage is . It is only logical that both grips are the same.

With a wrong grip and uncrossed arms, the extension is poor and rising the hands is difficult. Uke is not unbalanced, his arm is bent and he can make tori fall during the rotation.

When the grip is properly done, you can extend uke's arm, rise your your arms as if you wanted to cut with the sword, uke is unbalanced and he can't disturb you during the rotation.

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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