Shiho Nage (directions I and II)

Known as omote and ura: these are the two basic directions.

Direction I (omote)
Omote : the right foot opens 90º to allow taking the hito e mi position.

Direction II (ura)
Ura : The right foot aligns with uke's front foot.


Omote : Hito e mi : your front foot indicates where your rear leg will go.


Ura : Your left left leg slides in uke's back.


Pivot by passing in front of uke's front leg.


Pivot in uke's back.

Having reached that point for both movements, your position in ura must respect a 90º angle with your position in omote.

Cut shomen.


Omote : Uke is thrown towards the Kamiza.


Ura : Uke is thrown towards the Shimoseki.

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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