Beyond the method #22

It is important to always remember that in the true martial movement, each strike hits: there is no movement that is not an attacking movement.

So for instance, the step 4 in the video above, often presented as a “defence” in the pedagogical linear work (cf. Beyond the method #21 »), is in fact attacking the opponent on the left .

Thinking that there is a defending time followed by an attacking time means thinking in terms of duality. Thinking in terms of unity implies understanding that defence and attack are not two different things: each attack time is also the best way to protect oneself.

Careful though, a French saying states that “the best defence is to attack”. It is commonly understood as: in order not to have to defend, the best solution is to attack first. Such a interpretation implies that attack and defence are still seen as two separate things.

This is not what Aikido offers.

Let’s repeat it again, the principle of O sensei’s art is that the movement which permits striking with an optimal efficiency is not different than the movement which permits being perfectly safe. There is not an attack and a defence, two movements one could distinguish: there is only one single movement. That single and unique movement is the result of an invariable system of movement. This is how attack and defence share a common origin.

No Aikido movement is possible as long as that system, as recognised by O sensei, is not understood.

But then, when this movement is used properly, it is equally possible to strike or not for what the Aikido movements teaches us is that war or peace are created by the same movement. However that is a personal and relative choice that has nothing to do with the movement itself. The movement is the manifestation of the action principle and it may be perfect in itself, it does not understand anything to morals, which is only a human notion.

Philippe Voarino, December 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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