Archive for October, 2013

cause uke to accept the technique

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

First, there is the basic aikido technique. This is the angle of attacker’s arm, as harmonized with by the defender’s arm.

Whichever way the Attacker’s arm is presented, the defender must offer an unbendable arm, and in precisely the right angle to deflect, or to give way.

If he deflects, it is to enter with that unbendable arm, and to cause uke to accept the technique.

If he gives way it is to spin the body so that both attacker and defender are going in the same direction.

The trick is to be able to find this right angle for every technique, and every time. This awareness of time and motion is what makes a simple martial artist into an aikido master.

Second, there is how far an accomplished aikidoist can place his intention into the body of Uke. This is tricker to explain, though there is still a simplicity here.

Begin with a static technique, say a simple cross arm wrist twist, which is to say the attacker grabs the defender’s wrist with his right hand.

The defender places his left hand over the attacker’s right hand, and circles his right hand clockwise. The result is ikkyo, or wrist control number one.

But, the actuality is that there is a simple crank, with precise angles that fit the ‘squirmings’ of the defender’s body.

All angles being correct, the defender simply presses forward (over) and down towards the attacker’s tan tien.

Simple, so far. Right?

But an Aikido master, in the middle of motion, bypasses the wrist) and drives his intention to the elbow.

Repeat, no matter how the defender is moving, the Aikido master keeps a lock on the wrist and puts pressure on the elbow. Or… the shoulder.

Or… the whole body!

It is this factor, being able to drive intention and awareness through the attacker’s body, that makes an Aikido master.

Go on, see if what I have said here is true. Watch a master at work, watch aikido master Morihei Ueshiba, and see if you can perceive the direction of his awareness while he is in motion. Or even while he is standing still.