Tai no henka

A teaching moment about the passage to the old form of Tai no henka to the current one.

Answer to questions

(Nt: it seemed important to add Philippe Voarino's answer to a question in French language).

Irimi does not exist without tenkan. When your spine pivots on itself, when the left side of your body goes forward, your right side goes backwards and vice versa. That's why one could say that "irimi" is irimi-tenkan.

Why tai no henka? Because tai no henka is the most simple way to put this principle into action with one's body. It is the most simple illustration of the irimi tenkan principle. That's why a training always starts with tai no henka. It is a way to say: "here is the fundamental principle, here is the secret". Everything was right in front of our eyes right form the start...

But let's not mistake tai no henka for irimi tenkan. Tai no henka is the first application, it is a movement but irimi tenkan is the principle. Irimi tenkan is not a movement.

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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