Beyond the method #18


Understanding the engine of the movement

One must revisit a very common thought about kata dori men uchi : Uke grabs tori’s shoulder main with one hand and strikes the face with the other one.

We are not talking about this.

Indeed uke grabs tori’s shoulder, but it is tori who strikes the face: Kata dori is uke’s initiative but men uchi is tori’s.

The Aikido movement begins with the rotation of the body axis (and therefore the hips). No movement of any body parts can come before that rotation in the same way that a wheel can’t start moving before the engine has been switched on.

That video completes « Beyond the method #5 », so let’s repeat and elaborate on what was explained:

The only way for tori to develop an aiki power (a power born out the hip rotation) is to execute that strike the way it is shown in the video.

If tori strikes with the back of his hand, like an uraken, only to revert the rotation, he can’t start that initial action with a true hip rotation, because he remains in an hanmi position.

His strike forward is executed with the strength of his shoulder, and it forces him to stay on the line of attack of the opponent in his back.

Tori’s action in that case is quite weak and above all - that is fundamental, it doesn’t allow him to evade that dangerous position in the middle of a circle of opponents.

One must never forget that any Aikido action must deal in the same moment with attacks coming from four and eight directions.

This is not an opinion, a personal interperation, that is one of O sensei’s teachings, repeated several times by the Founder and written at the very door of his dojo.

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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