Shomen Uchi Ikkyo Omote #4

It's only at the end of the cut that your left leg can eventually step forward in uke's direction.

Be careful :

  1. Aite's arm must be kept perfectly straight, otherwise controlling the elbow is impossible (just like shiho nage, ikkyo belongs to the ikkajo group, it is a control of the elbow )
  2. it must be parallel to the ground and approximately 30 cms in front of your abdomen, otherwise uke can unbalance you
  3. both your arms must be over that arm (as you would hold a bike), otherwise applying the leverage on the elbow is impossible.

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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