Saturday, August 11, 2007


Picture this:
You and the uke stand facing each other. Both of you hold a shinken, a proper razor sharp steel sword in front of you, tips barely touching. The uke, raises his sword, steps forward an cuts strongly with the intent of slicing you in two, head to stomach. You step to the right while raising the sword above the head and cutting down to slice through the uke's hands, stopping just short of that. This is migi awase, we use bokken and not live steel, but the feeling should be the same.

The ability to perform smoothly and in sync with the attack, is the core harmony of Aikido.


uchi deshi said...

One time I was practicing tanken dori and apparently not moving quickly enough for my buddy who suggested that my reactions would be more realistic if we tried using the kitchen knives! Always good to keep in mind what you're supposed to be doing.

olifant said...

Funny how using cutlery ups the ante.
I did train with (blunt) kitchen knives and it does raise the adrenalin level.

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