Aikido : the basics by Bodo Roedel

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2). The rear foot does not go round in a semicircle when turning. The upper body remains straight and does not oscillate throughout the whole movement. Beginners learn in Aikido to turn quicker and cleaner if they fix their eyes on a point straight away afterwards. After turning round, it is advisable to hold for a second or two in order to regain stability. As an advanced pupil, one tries to execute the turn as quickly as possible and continually sharpen up the movement. An example of the movement is with Uke – in a mirror-image stance (gyaku-hanmi) – grabbing hold of Tori’s wrist (katate dori – see Page 275).

10). Uke attacks Tori with a bokken (training sword made of wood) using the shomen uchi action (straight sweep downwards at the head). 2010 9:48 Uhr Seite 41 FOOT MOVEMENTS So that Uke can reach Tori, first of all he has to pull back the sword over his body axis and then take a gliding step forwards towards Tori to hit him. During Uke’s action, Tori moves in with a sliding shuffle step forwards. Simultaneously he brings his sword towards Uke’s throat thus making Uke stop. The following becomes clear in this example: • The concept of irimi can be very direct.

With this key position, he can control Uke. 2010 9:48 Uhr Seite 63 FOOT MOVEMENTS Tori places his forward knee now down forwards and his rear knee outwards and forwards. He now holds Uke’s shoulder. Tori then places his knee forwards and brings Uke’s shoulder down on the mat. Uke relaxes his shoulder – he doesn’t lie down of his own accord, but follows Tori’s movement. The final position of ikkyo: Tori’s inner knee is against Uke’s shoulder and the outer knee is against his wrist. The bottom is resting on his heels, the toes are propped up and the back is held straight.

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