In my opinion, five elements must exist in the basic techniques of Aikido:
1) Te Gatana
3) ground (using the legs and the ground)
of course there are many more but these five are the most essential during first years of practice.
what do you think?
[Edited by ze'ev erlich on September 15, 2000 at 03:14pm]
good points, however, for a beginner (I.E average joe with no knowledge of japanese culture or philosophy or previous budo experince) will probably not grasp those- like most things, understanding will come in time.
thanks Nick .
yes the beginner may find it hard to understand.
in my opinion, the sensei should at least let the beginner know of these concepts, it may intrigue him to discover the way to realizing them...
what do you say?
Our sensei talks of four concepts or priciples that make up strong, effective aikido (or something to that effect, my mind fails me), they are:
Ma-ai - Distance
Ri-ai - Timing
Segyo - Control
Kimei - Focus
we also practice 4 basic principles in our aikido. those are
Keep your one-point (hara)
Keep weight underside
while the first four are 4 things that allow aikido (or any martial art)to be effective, the last four will help to make anyones technique stronger
Is this list in order of priority?
more information on the five elements
Here you go:
1) Te Gatana
Katana - The sword the samurai used.
Tegatana is the hand of the Aikidoka. Its shape resembles a katana - many use the name "the unbendable arm", but I think that the word Tegatana can be used and is used by many.
Hara - the very center - spiritual and physical. Every Aikido movement should come from there.
there is no specific order.
These are only the basic elements and I believe that sometimes we should take a break and try to find out how many of these we are using and realizing their essence.
hoping my explanation did not make it less understood.
[Edited by ze'ev erlich on September 18, 2000 at 04:17pm]
I have struggled for years trying to find a universal statement of what aikido is at its core that could satisfy aikido students from all aikido styles. I have found several only to eventually cast them aside for something I liked more. I am presently using the statement 'it is aikido when nage is safe from counterattack and on balance while uke is vulnerable and off balance'.
yours in aiki
Elements of Aikido Technique
1. Relax Completely (Mind/Body Coordination)
2. Take Up Slack (Leading)
To put this into a statement:
Aikido technique is leading with mind/body coordination.
Your Mileage May Vary.
I would go with Bobs concept to a large degree. Although it may sound very 'un -aiki' I think dominance is a pre-requisite for a good Aikido technique; making sure that you take advantage of their attack and constantly open that disadvantage up wider and wider (putting them in positions for atemis and pins or throws).
This is very well illustrated by the simple Tai-atari uchi otoshi (i.e. an entering throw where you affectively push uke off balance with your extension). It requires a feeling of dominance (without clashing), as well as all the 5 points mentioned above.
One thing that no one has mentioned yet is center. 'Stay centered' is possibly the most frequent correction in beginners' technique, along with 'lower your stance' and 'use your hips'.
Hikitsushi Sensei has three principles :
- Do not watch
- Do not leave any opening
- Do not wait
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