Mistake #9 - Tenchi nage: throwing uke in the wrong angle

Tenchi nage : a mistake which consists in throwing uke in the wrong angle.

With tenchi nage, one must breathe in (and attract) uke with one hand pointing at the sky and one at the ground. The forward direction of uke's momenum will be used to throw him using his rear imbalance. The arms must form an arc, an iron hoop.

N.B. there are two body movements: the front leg steps in straight in uke's back following the diagonal line, but at the same time the body axis and therefore the whole torso work in a rotation. That rotation throws uke in front of your body, inwards, and not just straight in front of you. During the throw, your arms must keep the arc shape.

If tori's leg steps properly and the body pushes straight as in the pictures above, as a consequence there is no rotation of the body axis, the arms don't respect the kokyu rokyu arc frame, uke falls far from tori, he can't be send to the ground powerfully and be controlled as he could be with the body axis 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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