Shomen Uchi Ikkyo Omote #5

  1. Both knees are positioned along the arm (no knee rubbing the ribs) and the abdomen faces uke's elbow. Because uke's elbow is the center of the action.
  2. Uke's arm must make a 90º angle with his spine:

It is necessary to keep the opponent's arm at 90º. - O Sensei, BUDO p 46

If that angle is respected, then uke's whole body is controlled with the hand which holds the elbow, and it becomes possible to strike the head with the other hand as shown above.

If the angle is more than 90º, uke can rotate his forearm since the control on the elbow is poor.

If the angle is less than 90º, uke can escape with a forward roll (not shown here).

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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