Beyond the method #14


Study of the square support for the future understanding of the movement in four directions. (Beyond the method #15, 16, et 17)

The square is the basis of the circle. The Aikido movement can only be a circle if it is inscribed in a square.

All Aikido movements require a square basis. We have seen it for shiho nage (Beyond the method #12 et #13) in tai jutsu.

What is true for tai jutsu is equally true for weapons. The kumitaci can be studied with the square basis in mind. The video shows that point with ki musubi no tachi.

On can notice that ki musubi no tachi begins and ends in the hanmi position.

But, between these two points, in the movement, what is at work is not the triangle but the square: the triangular position - as usual as it is at these moments - prevents any work in rotation, it is the square position of the feet that allows the crucial push of the hips (irimi tenkan) in the strong moments.

Philippe Voarino, September 2015.

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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