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O’Sensei no kuden: Irimi (10)

I show the technique Irimi-Nage, and everyone watches the technique. They say to themselves: ‘That’s Irimi-Nage“, look away again immediately, fail to see what I’m doing differently, and then they practise the technique just as they have always done…

– – – recorded by Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan, reported by Juergen Rohrmann Sensei, Aikido, p. 59

…so enter without hesitating!…

So enter without hesitating!   Your adversary found nothing in the face of your “tai-sabaki“,  and he was immediately unbalanced by the withdrawal of your body.  His malevolent intentions in your respect immediately became inoperable, and his confidence and physical means evaporated.

At this precise instant, your adversary lost every thought: he became weak, it’s the moment of true aiki activity: your spirit full of ki, of cosmic force correctly seized and concentrated, will become irresistible and totally effective, having obtained with your circular (spiral) avoiding movement a good physical basis, you can easily control your adversary, who is empty of any aggressive thought, and who has lost in this same passage of time his own balance of his body…

He will then try to stand up again.  It is your part to not derail this attempt while [at the same time] leading him towards the ground where you can control him implacably.

In aiki, to direct is to cause to fall, but to cause to fall is also to direct!

When you become strong in aiki, you will get used to filling your adversary’s weak point even before he does so himself, and in this way you apply technique to his weak point.

– – – O’Sensei,  translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, reported by André Nocquet Shihan in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message  pp. 77-9

…irimi practice!!!…

O’Sensei no kuden: Go-no-Sen

In the presence of the enemy, forget who you are, and have no fear for the defence of your body.  Only then can your prof9und  “self” be fully realized, and you will become your adversary. And if you truly become them, you will be able to “visualize” their aggressive move, even before they themself have begun it.

– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda,  recorded by André Nocquet Shihan in his Hombu training diary, 1955-58.  Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.187

…in the dojo(71) – irimi!!!…


…”tuning-in to the intent of the attacker”…

I’ve found it to be the case that, for many of the aikido greats, their first books are their best books – or at least the most interesting, because the most marked by O’Sensei’s thinking. We find Nidai Doshu writing: “There is little difference between the movements of Aikido and those of  Japanese swordsmanship…” and talking about “the Realm of No- Self,” and about entering into shikaku. 1)  Koichi Tohei Shihan’s 1960 Aikido the Arts of Self-Defence has introductory sections on ‘Aikido and Nature’ and ‘The Spirit of Loving Protection for All Nature’ and covers 50 techniques – the same number as Budo. As Ellis Amdur points out, 2) the earlier editions of Ki in Daily Life include a – presumably – Omoto-kyo breathing exercise, which is cut from later editions.  Morihiro Saito Shihan’s
wonderful Traditional Aikido series is not only a fascinating window into, we may guess, what tanren and suburi O’Sensei had him do – and in what order – but the Japanese text of, at any rate, the first volume, is written  from a point of view where ki-flow and ki-connection are primary, and the physical movement is embedded in the flow of the ki.

Nevertheless it was a surprise, recently, to re-read in Issue 2 of Aiki News (May, 1974), in the editorial: “The essence of O’Sensei’s genius was his ability to “tune-in” to the intent of the attacker at extraordinarily subtle levels. This hyperawareness enabled him to gather “advance information” regarding the nature and timing of the attack…”

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…there are some things I want to talk about (6)…

– – – – – – – – – – basics of go-no-sen irimi  – – – – – – – – – –

Gozo Shioda Shihan on Kokyu… combining a certain state of mind and rhythm with focused power, what you get is kokyu power.

What I mean precisely by “state of mind” is that you have to achieve a state of emptiness, or nothingness….then you will start to have complete faith in yourself and you will achieve a state of serenity.

Once this happens, you will be able to read the movements of your opponent’s mind. You  won’t perceive how he is going to advance in your head, you’ll sense it in your skin. It will be as if the so-called “mind’s eye” or sixth sense is at work.

– – – Gozo Shioda Shihan,  Aiki Shugyo  p. 92

…in the dojo(111)…


…in the dojo(112) – irimi-nage!!!…