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2010 9:47 Uhr Seite 30 AIKIDO – THE BASICS Randori also indicates defense against a number of ‘Uke’ who usually attack with ryo kata dori (see Page 278). 3). They are not techniques (waza) but are exercises (ho). Weapons in Aikido Tori can be attacked by Uke holding a weapon. 5). In tachi-dori, Uke attacks with a (wooden) sword and using a technique Tori takes it away from him. Jo dori indicates that Uke attacks with a stick (staff) and Tori takes it away from him. Conversely, in jo nage waza, Tori is holding a stick and Uke attacks him by grabbing hold of the jo – that he then uses to defend himself.

Basically, the following points are of note: • The toes are propped up. • The upper body is kept straight. • The bottom is resting as far as possible on the heels. • The heels are kept together as far as possible. • At least one knee is always touching the mat. • When turning, the knees must come together to form a pivot axis. • If one of the knees is lifted up for the movement, the angle between the thigh and the lower leg must be less than 90°. First of all the sequence of movements without Uke – this can be practiced by the beginner easily on his own.

In Aikido, with or without weapons, the movements of the feet are the same or very similar. The same applies to the hand movements. Additionally, many Aikido techniques without weapons are executed with the feeling of a cutting or stabbing movement (not pulling or pushing) and this is identical to the work with the sword. 2010 9:47 Uhr Seite 31 WHAT IS AIKIDO? Besides, one gets to understand the distance between Uke and Tori better by practicing with the sword, because the weapon automatically determines this.

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