SHIODA/SAITO # 5 - Kote Gaeshi

Pictures extracted from Dynamic Aikido by Gozo SHIODA.

This form of kote gaeshi is taught here by Gozo Shioda as a basis. Morihiro Saito also explained that it is the basis of kote gaeshi from a grab. Bizarrely it has been forgotten, it is badly known and hardly taught nowadays.

Regarding that second form of kote gaeshi, applied on shomen, yokomen or tsuki for instance, Gozo Shioda puts a lot of emphasis on the necessity to open the front foot with hito e mi in order to unbalance uke and allow the back foot to pass. Morihiro Saito also insisted a lot on that opening linked to the rotation of the body.

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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