Aikido : the basics by Bodo Roedel

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6). 1 kamae We first have a closer look at the basic position – the on guard position – the Japanese term for this is kamae. There is no specific on guard position in Aikido. The feet are simply placed one behind the other along a straight line. The rear foot is pointing in the forward direction, just like normal walking. The picture shows the position from the front. The on guard position in Aikido as seen from the side. When one starts Aikido, it is very important to learn to adopt a stable and low down stance.

Thus Tori’s outer hand can control Uke’s punch without having to push him outwards to do so. 2010 9:48 Uhr Seite 48 AIKIDO – THE BASICS In the ideal case, Tori moves close enough past Uke’s punch to graze past Tori’s clothing. In this moment of maximum tension, Tori turns round backwards pivoting on his leading foot and then stands behind Uke’s back in a firm stance. Both are now looking in the same direction. , the turn should not be done too early. Alternatively – in other words – because Tori has the possibility of striking Uke at the initial moment, and thereby theoretically ending Uke’s attack, he refrains from doing this and turns himself round backwards.

In order to get hold of Tori’s wrist he has to take a further step forwards – the starting position is from ai-hanmi. At the moment that Uke begins to move forwards, Tori starts to move with his rear leg. Now Tori is clearly going to one side of the line that Uke and Tori were first standing along. 2010 9:48 Uhr Seite 49 FOOT MOVEMENTS Tori’s rear hand comes forward with the movement of the foot and controls the distance without influencing the flow of movement. At the moment when Uke grabs hold of Tori’ wrist, Tori turns round pivoting on his forward foot and brakes Uke’s forward impetus.

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