Shisei #1 - La jambe arrière

Please watch carefully these pictures. They all show a moment when O sensei pushes. Notice how his back leg is always perfectly extended.

Shisei is often explained as a global notion: "Pay attention to your shisei ! Watch your Shisei !...". These exhortations are useless, they are too general, imprecise.

Shisei is not a mysterious notion, a effect of Grace. A good shisei is built with time and a great respect for elementary notions. Among these, the extension of the back leg is fundamental.

It is not an aesthetic concern, it is a necessity, for the back leg fulfills an essential function: "* it transmits energy, it pushes*", in Aikido as in other activities...

O Sensei

There is an error in these pictures... When the back leg bends, the torso tends to lean forward, therefore shisei can't be right. The power transmitted by the push can't be but weaker than with an extended leg.

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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