|Originally posted by akiy
As an adjunct to this week's poll (accessible on the home page)...
I remember hearing someone say that everything in aikido must start with an irimi -- even tenkan.
This is enough of a truism that you have probably heard many teachers say it over the years. Certainly it is something that Saotome Sensei taught us. In one of the books by the former Aikidoshu, Kishomaru Ueshiba, he state that the tenkan movement embodies the spiritual essence of Aikido and the irimi movement its martial essence. That's a good one to reflect on.