Beyond the method #26


The irimi nage throw is done when uke tries to grab and immobilise uke’s hands in his back, beginning with a front attack. Tori throws uke when he tries to pass in his back.

What matters in this video is that the movement is exactly the same as ikkyo on a back grip (eri dori, ryokata dori or katate ryote dori).

It’s quite logical since in both cases, tori moves in the quarter of circle in his rear right, beginning with a step of the right foot. His body movement can’t be different.

One can see that with a same body movement, the same movement can generate such forms as ikkyo and irimi nage that can seem very different.

That difference is a detail.

It is only the consequence of a different relation with uke’s body at that moment but it doesn’t change a thing to tori’s movement.

Such examples may explain what really means the notion of “riai” at the heart of Aikido. It’s a family relation.

Philippe Voarino, January 2016.

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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