Beyond the method #15


In a circle (the four directions) Steps 1 and 2

We need to execute the steps 1 and 2 of ki musubi no tachi not on a line anymore, as taught in the method, but in rotation, as any irimi must be executed in the reality of O sensei’s Aikido.

It then becomes clear that the first two steps of the kumitachi do not strike the same opponent twice, like in the method, but two different opponents: first the one on the left, second the opponent who stands in front.

This is only one rotation that creates two strikes in two different directions: step 2 is the consequence and the immediate continuity of the first cut.

Beyond the method #16 will allow us a better understanding of the specificity of that strike which is half way between a tsuki and a gyaku yokomen.

Philippe Voarino, October 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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