Mistake #6 - Shiho nage: throwing in the wrong angle

Going deep enough in uke's back is crucial...

... in order to cut in uke's imbalance angle. The throwing power is huge in this position.

O sensei used that way of throwing as he would send uke's head to the ground between tori's feet.

In the example above, tori doesn't rotate enough in uke's back. Apart from the danger it represents (Cf. Common mistakes #7), tori's positioning in front of uke prevents a throw using uke's rear imbalance. That's why he throws forward. Instead of landing in front of tori, under his control, uke lands far away, out of control.

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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