Mistake #8 - Shiho nage: throwing with strength applied on the elbow

Shiho nage : a mistake which consists in exerting strength on the elbow.

Here is the movement which, empty-handed, gave us the technique we known as shiho nage. This movement is made of three main steps:

  1. a gyaku yokomen cut,
  2. a rotation,
  3. a shomen cut (Of course, these three steps are in fact one spiral).

Empty-handed, when it is called shiho nage, one can easily recognize these three steps.

As one can see on these pictures from 1938, this is how O sensei applied shiho nage.

Once arrived behind uke's back, you must cut shomen uchi straight.

If Tori does not rotate far enough behind uke, he is vulnerable to uke's free hand, as can be seen in the first step here (Cf. Common mistakes #6 and #7). Because Tori is positioned in front of uke when he cuts shomen, he exerts a lot of strength in an awkward angle on uke's elbow who falls to avoid being injured. The fall may be spectacular and photogenic but the problem is that, with his free hand, uke can knock down Tori before or after the fall.

Whether during omote or ura, uke's free hand must not be able to grab or strike. You must end up your movement in uke's back. Uke must be unbalanced from the beginning to the end.

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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