Jusan no jo - Movie

The 13 strikes

These pictures have little interest if they are not studied with the notebook which goes along.

It will published soon on this website, it can be found in Aikido Journal #17 (in French language): Editions Aikido Journal.

N.B: The pictures on the right are shot from a different angle.


Hi, Sensei, I find in your picture here, you do not show Hitoimi in your stance. For example, in the first picture, Sensei and the uke stand in side. In the third picture, after the tsuki, it seems still stand in side. I really care about the concept of Hitoimi, so I feel puzzled. Li

Hi Li.

It's good you don't keep your eyes in your pocket (that's what we say in French).You are right, hito e mi is missing in some of the pictures there. These pictures have been shot five or six years ago and by that time my understanding of hito e mi was still incomplete which means poor. I suppose experience is a sum of mistakes. It's ok to make mistakes as long as you use those mistakes for your improvement. But we must keep that in mind : if errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum. I am happy you care about the concept of hito e mi because it is actually not a concept, it is the true key to the heart of Aikido. If you do care and persevere, hito e mi will help you open a door you never thought could exist.

Philippe Voarino

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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