Sode dori hiji soto mawaru

Three actions need to be done simultaneously: slide on the side, off the attack line, bring your hand under uke's elbow and strike with the other hand.

Keep sliding on uke's side towards him and wrap his elbow in a circular movement from down upward.

Your energy is transmitted to uke's body by your tekatana.

When the maai is such that you stand at mid range and with an action on uke's elbow, you can end up your rotation with ikkyo for instance.

But, if your irimi is deep enough for tekatana to arrive further than the elbow and up to uke's shoulder.

… your wrapping movement will bring uke's arm straight against your chest and you can bring him to the ground without controlling his elbow first.

When uke is really strong, you may need to reinforce your grip by holding his keikogi sleeve in order to ease the rotation.

However, uke's arm must be bent and his elbow must point upwards.

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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