Beyond the method #19


Sequence 1 to 4 (linear exercise)

This is the exercise as Saito sensei used to teach it in Iwama and as it is still taught in the method he created.

At that stage of the practice, what must studied is the work on the form (external work mostly).

That is the moment to check if every technical details is well settled. That is the moment when one repeats gestures without necessarily understanding their entire meaning but that work must be accepted with the feeling that the explanation will come. It’s a moment of faith somehow: one must trust the teaching as it is proposed.

At that stage, asking questions is not very useful because the true answers can’t be given yet.

Philippe Voarino, November 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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