6th Kumijo

Uke jo : opens slightly the jo to his left in order to trigger uchi jo's tsuki.
From a more advanced point of view, that opening is in reality the beginning of irimi.

Irimi and strike.
Make sure you hold your jo firmly when striking.

Uchi jo : jodan gaeshi uchi.
Uke jo : controls uchi's elbows. The left hand must outside uchi's elbows. The left leg is in front.

Tenkan 90°, the end of the jo (right hand) follows uchi's shoulder line with a 45º angle to arrive between the two hands. Do not try to strike uchi's head.

Kaiten to throw uchi in his left forward imbalance.

N.B : That imbalance is identical to the one used in tai jutsu with ikkyo...

... or jo dori.

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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