Tai jutsu - ikkyo

When you are grabbed with aihanmi katate dori, If you try to apply ikkyo while staying on the same line, your back is exposed to an attack coming from the rear.

Because you can't see what is happening in your back, all Aikido techniques force you all the time to take angles (kakuto) in order to step off the attack line. AIkido's magic - and that point is very remarkable - is that the necessary movement to unbalance an opponent and apply a technique, in that case ikkyo omote, is also designed to avoid a rear and side attacks.

In that case, when you perceive the threat on your right side, ikkyo omote implies a danger and does not fit the situation for it is dangerous...

... align your toes with aite's and rotate in his back using ikkyo's ura form. Aite becomes your shield.

The conventional study of basic forms is a necessary chore for the beginner. For she/he must learn an elementary technical knowledge and that can't be achieved without some scholar, systematic, framed work, far from what Aikido offers.

This demands a lot of honesty and a benevolent neutrality from uke. Uke is not on the tatami to deliberately block or do the movement for you. He is like the weight on front of the weight lifter. In that sense he is not an enemy who wants to kill you but the friend who allows you to learn. Don't transform training in an absurd strength battle. The enemy, the real one, might come one day to check what you have learned.

When technical basis are acquired, around 3rd dan, the time has come for the student to progressively evolve to a form of training in which the attack is not predetermined but where the technical form appears spontaneously, as the consequence of a situation, without any preconception. In a nutshell, the student still needs to break free. Aikido does not fit hurried men. It's a long road.

Being free does not mean doing whatever crosses one's mind, it means identifying the laws of the Universe, accepting them and letting them express themselves through the body, It is an art, a life long work.

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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