Jun Akiyama (akiy) wrote:
So, what's your definition of "tai sabaki"?
What importance does it have in your aikido training?
Where I train, we translate 'tai sabaki' as 'body handling', but what we usually mean by that is avoidance. Essentially just "getting off the line" of an attack.
Its very important, especially in randori where its a fundamental building-block. One of the most basic of our (tanto) randori drills is called 'tai sabaki no renshu', and is an excercise in avoidance (especially in relation to timing and maai).