SHIODA/SAITO # 3 - Shomen Uchi Yonkyo

Pictures extracted from Dynamic Aikido by Gozo SHIODA

Point 1
Just like shomen uchi ikkyo, Shioda and Saito teach that tori attacks and uke protects himself, as opposed to what is currently taught nowadays.

Point 2
Just like shomen uchi ikkyo, O Sensei, Shioda and Saito teach that tori must bring uke down before stepping forward with the back leg. They all put a lot of emphasis to the foot position in hito e mi in order to unbalance uke and allow the back leg to come in.

Point 3
Shioda like Saito teach that uke's forearm must be held like a sword, the elbow pointing forward.

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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