“In the case where an enemy comes at you with a live sword first grab some dirt off the ground (actually, it’s OK even if there’s nothing) and throw it in the enemy’s eyes at the same time leaping forward…” – – – Kobukan training diary, 1938
“ Atemi must always be synchronous with your move to deflect your partner’s attack. A moment of hiatus between parrying your partner’s attack and delivering Atemi could result in his possible escape.” – – – Morihiro Saito Shihan
Our January workshop is going to be concerning atemi…
I think it’s the alchemy of aikido: it is the drop of something that catalyzes the energy of the situation, and causes a transformation of physical movement…
Usually people think atemi is limited to percussive technique – because that is one way of looking at the word. But I like the idea that body movement alone: body movement that – suddenly – advances uke‘s perception of distance and timing is a form of atemi.
Breathing is a form of atemi: I think with really good aiki movement you’ll find that, once your balance is correctly taken, you’re not even breathing. You’re just in some type of kyo, where everything stops… and there can be a moment where nage will join their breath with you, producing a kind of atemi .
I find that one of the lovely things about training is that taking ukemi is a wonderful form of atemi. If you think about a breakfall, something where you “meet the mat”, I find that that can shatter all kinds of bunched up energy in the body when done correctly. It’s a form of the Earth touching you back A beautiful atemi.
I think, also, you cannot understand timing without studying atemi, because it occurs all the time around you.
So we’re going to use it as the alchemy of aikido.
Sunday, January 17, at the dojo, 12:30-5:30, $25
Please park at Elm Grove Park.
for more information contact Kimbal Anderson Sensei (208) 407-7590
…practitioners of all styles of aikido welcome…