There are some aspects of Ueshiba that seem to have disappeared in the aikido world.
1. One hand up, pointing upwards with one hand down, pointing downwards. (No reference thread)
In various videos of Ueshiba, one can see him in a very distinct pose. He has one hand up and one hand down. It is a distinct pose shared with the Daito ryu world as pictures of Hisa and Takeda have shown. Ueshiba can be seen in this pose throughout his life, even in his eighties.
If pictures capture Takeda, Hisa, and Ueshiba in this pose, then perhaps one can find some relevance to it. I would imagine some important relevance. And yet, in modern aikido, it has disappeared.
Why? What happened? Where did this aspect of Ueshiba's training go?
The photo of an older Ueshiba that Tim Grffiths posted earlier:
Note Ueshiba in the 1935 Asahi News
film concluding techniques at various points with (somewhat) similar hand-up and hand-down positions in the standing against standing demonstrations, and sometimes in the seated v. standing demos (Ueshiba when kneeling sometimes slaps the mat/earth with his down hand when concluding a technique):
It could be a stylistic flourish, or something relevant to the performance of the technique (or both). Zanshin
has been mentioned in connection with this finishing position. Is this finishing position some kind of zanshin
of the body, that is, serving to reorient Ueshiba's body after a technique?
Rebalancing of yin-yang
) in the body after a technique, or a reflection of solo training in a body well-conditioned internally? Viz.
Akuzawa practicing shintaijiku